x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Muslim imams, Catholic priests play soccer match for Bosnian kindergarten

More than 4,000 people paid 1 euro ($1.30) to watch the game in the central town of Zenica last night, cheering "Bosnia, Bosnia" and celebrating whoever scored.

ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina // A football match between Muslim imams and Catholic priests has helped raise funds for a new kindergarten in Bosnia.

More than 4,000 people paid 1 euro ($1.30) to watch the game in the central town of Zenica last night, cheering "Bosnia, Bosnia" and celebrating whoever scored.

The priests won 5 -3.

The match, organised by Bosnia's Inter-religious Committee, was played by priests of the Bosnian Franciscan order and Muslim imams, said Priest Fra Zdravko Andjic. His good friend, Imam Jakub Salkica, said both sides got along well, but joked that shouldn't raise suspicions about match fixing.

Nearly two decades ago, more than 100,000 people died in this country in a war that involved Muslim Bosniaks, Christian Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.