Dalic set to continue coaching Croatia at 2018 World Cup

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-14 22:36:13|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ZAGREB, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Zlatko Dalic will continue coaching Croatian national football team after reaching the agreement with the president of the Croatian Football Federation (CFF) Davor Suker during the meeting held here on Tuesday.

Dalic took over the national team after dismisal of former coach Ante Cacic a month ago when Croatia was held to a draw against Finland and endangered its chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The 51-year-old coach didn't have more than two days to make changes and lift up the spirit of the players before a decisive match against Ukraine in Kiev. He did a perfect job as Croatia won 2-0 behind two goals of Andrej Kramaric on Oct. 9. This was enough for Croatian team to earn a spot in the playoffs against Greece. With the convincing display and 4-1 victory at home and than holding Greece to a scoreless draw in a return leg, Zlatko Dalic led Croatia to its fifth participation at the World Cup.

"Zlatko Dalic absolutely justified our confidence in him in the matches against Ukraine and Greece. He showed us that he deserved to manage Croatian national team. It was very easy to reach the agreement with him which proves that we have a common goal and that is the success of the Croatian national team," CFF president Davor Suker said in the official media release.

"I am proud of what we have done in the last three games because reaching the World Cup was very important for the Croatian football in general. I can promise that I will continue to give my best to make the team play at the highest possible level according to the quality of the players that we have," Zlatko Dalic said.

Dalic will offically sign the contract when the Executive Committee of CFF verifies the agreement at its session next week. The financial and other details of the contract haven't been offically disclosed.