Former DPMM FC star Raspudic heads FK Kozara Gradiska

Fadhil Yunus

Former DPMM FC centre back Boris Raspudic is currently playing for FK Kozara Gradiska in the First League of the Republika Srpska, the second tier football competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The experienced defender is also the club’s captain for the Gradiska-based club, which is situated in the northern part of the country.

Raspudic formed a solid partnership with former teammate Brian McLean during his second season with the club in 2015 and helped the Gegar Gegar men to win their maiden Singapore league title.

The 38-year-old also played a pivotal role at the heart of defence during the club’s triumph in the Singapore League Cup in 2014.

With former head coach Steve Kean changing Raspudic’s defensive partners during his first year, he identified the missing piece of the defensive jigsaw when he acquired the services of McLean.

Former DPMM FC centre back Boris Raspudic vies for the ball in FK Kozara Gradiska colours. PHOTO: KOZARA GRADISKA

The defensive duo formed one of the league’s top defensive partnerships as their chemistry and understanding proved to be one of the reasons behind the club’s historic success.

Recognised as one of the top foreign imports in DPMM FC’s history, Raspudic made 51 league appearances for the Brunei-based outfit and scored twice before leaving at the end of the 2015 season with two major trophies.

Following his stint in the Singapore league, the Bosnia Herzegovinian re-joined Borac Banja Luca for his third spell with the club, where he logged 39 appearances and scored twice.

He was a constant performer in the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Premier League, and amassed 214 league appearances overall for the Red-Blues before making the switch to Kozara.

Kozara Gradiska are currently 11th in the 16-team table following a 2-0 loss to league leaders Rudar Prijedor.

Raspudic, who made one appearance for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team against Poland, will lead his team in their next match against Sloboda Novi Grad tomorrow at the Gradski Stadion.

With only one spot reserved for promotion, only the league’s champion gain an entry to the Premier League in the following season.

The second tier of Bosnia and Herzegovina was expanded to 16 teams this year following the addition of five invited clubs with two teams promoted from the third tier.