CUIABA – Three Muslim players from Bosnia-Herzegovina World Cup team have paid a visit to the local mosque in Cuiaba, performing prayers at the mosque and mingling with the local community.
The visit, reported by Goal.com website, comes ahead of their awaited Group G match against Nigeria in the Mato Grosso capital.
The three players included star striker Vedad Ibisevic, Muhamed Besic and Edin Visca.
The Friday prayer was also attended by former national team midfielder Elvir Rahimic who is with the squad in Brazil.
Performing the prayer, the three players happily posed for pictures and signed autographs as locals converged on the mosque bearing Bosnian flags and demonstrating their support for the team.
The visit followed a Thursday’s invitation by the mosque imam Omar Omama who visited the team’s hotel upon their arrival and invited the squad and technical delegation to the mosque for prayer.
Bosnia has lost its hard-fought match against Argentina by 2-1. Nigeria, on the other hand, finished its match against Iran by draw 0-0.
The capital of Mato Gtosso state, Cuiaba is located exactly in the geographical center of South America.
The city, in a prime location for tourists, has a small Muslim community of about 400 that’s mainly formed of Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians as well as local Brazilians.
Muslim players listening to the Friday Khutba at Cuiaba mosque on Friday.