Bosnia-Herzegovina, just a nine-year-old independent country then, had come as a replacement for New Zealand which withdrew its name and were clubbed with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia) and Bangladesh in Group 1 of the tournament.
The Bosnians had beat Bangladesh 2-0 (Ahmedin Hota scored both the goals) while drew 1-1 with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Mirsad Beslija was the scorer), of which it was a part earlier. The fourth participant of the group, Iraq, had withdrawn without citing any reason.
Bosnia used 13 years to make it to the highest stage, why couldn't India?
In the quarter final, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Uruguay (B team) 3-2 in the extra time. Zehrudin Kavazovic, Dzelaludin Muharemovic and Beslija scored for the Bosnians in a match which looked going against their favour till the 83rd minute.
Bosnia went past Chile 1-0 in the semifinal with the help of a late goal from Muharemovic.
Bosnia, however, lost to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for the second time in the tournament when they went down 0-2 to them in the final held in Kolkata.