Coventry Citys latest
signing Mo Konjic faced more problems today when he was snowed in as he tried to fly his
family to England from their native Bosnia.
The big Bosnian delighted Coventrys away fans with an heroic performance when he
went on as substitute against Tottenham Hotspur only hours after receiving his delayed
He then jetted out to Sarajevo to collect his wife and daughter to install them in
their new home in Leamington Spa.
But though they were able to catch a connecting flight from Sarajevo to Ljubljana in
Slovenia, they found the airport snowed in. The player made a hurried telephone call to
the football club and spoke to the chairman Brian Richardson who watching the FA Youth Cup
match at Highfield Road.
There was good news today however when the club learned that snowploughs were
attempting to clear the runway at Ljubljana and Konjic could arrive later in the day.
The delay and an uncomfortable overnight stay in an airport lounge will have been no
hardship to the former Monaco defender. He spent several years fighting in the Bosnian war
and when his football career resumed he once played, in great pain, three weeks after
breaking both arms in a road accident.
"I was being paid £100 a match and I had to play to be able to send home food for
After that anything the Premiership can throw at him will seem small beer.
He is expected to make his full debut for City in Saturdays fifth round FA Cup
tie at Everton, taking over from the injured Paul Williams.
Williams limped off against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday and has been under
intensive treatment for a hamstring strain.
Coventry will welcome back George Boateng and David Burrows from one match bans for
Saturdays big cup tie at Everton.
The young Sky Blues displayed something like their real form in disposing of Notts
County to cruise through to a fifth round tie at Sheffield United.
The youngsters were below par in scraping home against Brighton & Hove Albion in a
replay in the last round, but last night they cast aside their inhibitions to play some
The goals were supplied by Chukkie Eribenne, Gary McSheffrey and Craig Pead, but it was
an all round team effort which won the day.
Even so Richard Money, director of the Soccer Academy, was convinced there was more to
come from the team.
"We know what our young players can do and some of them can become decent
footballers. There is more to come from them yet, but we are getting there."
The young Sky Blues set off at a tremendous rate and built the perfect platform with an
Gary McSheffrey flicked on Steve McPhees centre and Eribenne at the far post
looped his header over the goalkeeper into the net.
Two minutes later McSheffrey, who looked very sharp, fired a left footer narrowly wide
and then McPhee forced the goalkeeper into a full stretch save.
Notts County put in their fair share of attacks, but Chris Kirkland in Citys goal
was well protected by his centrebacks Mark Burrows and Thomas Cudworth.
City were in control from the start of the second half and went further ahead with a
brilliantly taken free-kick. It was on 66 minutes when the midfielder Craig Pead stepped
up to curl his kick over the defensive wall. The ball struck the underside of the crossbar
and bounced over the line a split second before McSheffrey completed the job.
After 72 minutes Eribenne saw his thunderous shot brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper
but after 79 minutes McSheffrey danced past three challenges and slotted a low shot into
the corner of the net.
Coventry City: Kirkland, Mooney, Hall, Betts, Burrows, Cudworth, McPhee, Pead,
Eribenne, McSheffrey, Hegley. Subs: Doyle, Mehmet, Pearson, Donlevy, Grant.