Petkovic Tackles New Foe

While taking time off from protecting the Sky Blues goal, Sydney FC Player of the Year Nikola Petkovic has taken on board other defensive duties as he helped protect towns in his home country of Serbia from the recent flooding seen throughout the region.

While taking time off from protecting the Sky Blues goal, Sydney FC Player of the Year Nikola Petkovic has taken on board other defensive duties as he helped protect towns in his home country of Serbia from the recent flooding seen throughout the region.

With the heaviest rains since records began 120 years ago hitting Serbia and Bosnia, cities throughout the region have been inundated with water and Petkovic was one of the first to respond to the Serbian Premier-s call to action.

Petkovic said he got involved to stop the spread of the disaster and the toll it is taking on his homeland.

“This is the biggest disaster that has occurred in the history of Serbia,” Petkovic said.

“The Serbian premier on television called on all people of good will to prepare and respond to his call to save the city and evacuation of people from vulnerable places.

“When I heard that, I instantly with my closest friends agreed to go to a city which is threatened by the flood disaster,” he continued.

“A lot of people responded and believe me if it was not for such a reaction from people in Serbia, it would be an even greater disaster.”

Taking the initiative Petkovic and his best friend Filip Djordjevic, a Serbian National player, started filling sandbags and constructing barriers to halt the flow of water and Sydney FC-s Player of the Year said he had no qualms about getting involved with the relief efforts.

Aside from constructing barriers, Petkovic and his friend Filip, who has just transferred to Italian giants S.S Lazio, went out and bought supplies to give as gifts to those who have lost everything.

“People were at a loss when they saw that I was carrying sacks filled with sand and putting them together with barriers to prevent overflowing of the river,” said Petkovic.

“For me what I've done quite normal because at any moment I want to help with my country and people.

“I want to appeal to all people of the world that was to help Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, because all three countries have been hit hard by the floods and will need a long time to recover because of the many towns completely destroyed.”

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