Samir Ujkani. Photo: Reuters
Coach Kosovo, albert Bunji announced the list of players called for preparation for the qualifying match of the 2018 world Cup with Iceland, which will be held March 24 in the Albanian city of Shkodra.
Traditionally this is interesting, because every time the Kosovars reported that they managed to persuade another descendant of the refugees to play for the national team of their ancestors. And now there are.
But first the squad: goalkeepers Samir Ujkani (“Pisa”, Italy), Adis, Nurkovic (“Travnik”, Bosnia), Bledar Houdini (“Trepca”);
defenders Fanol Perdedaj (Munich 1860, Germany), Leart Pacarada (“Sandhausen”, Germany), Alban Pnishi (“grasshopper”, Switzerland), Amir Rrahmani (“locomotive”, Croatia), Benjamin Kololi (Lausanne, Switzerland), Fidan Aliti (“Glorious Belupo”, Croatia), Mergim, Voyvoda (“Mouscron”, Belgium), Ardian ismaily (Hajduk, Croatia);
Midfielders Bernard Berisha (Terek, Russia), Valon Berisha (Salzburg, Austria), Bersant Celina (Twente, Holland), Healing Shalya (“Kasimpasa”, Turkey), Arber Zeneli (“Heerenveen”, Holland), Hakuran, Kryeziu (Lucerne, Switzerland);
forwards Vedat vesel Muriqi (“injury time”, Turkey), Elba Magnus Andersen (Rosenborg, Norway), Besart Berisha (Melbourne city, Australia), Atde, Nuhiu (“Sheffield Wednesday”, England), Donis Avdei (Schalke, Germany).
Attract the attention of three last names. All three players – the potential debutants. 31-year-old Besart Berisha has in his record of 17 matches (1 goal) for the national team of Albania in the period 2006-2009. 27-year-old Atdhe, Nuhiu played 13 matches and scored 7 goals for the youth team of Austria. Now trying to help the club “Sheffield Wednesday” to return to the English Premier League.
Finally, 20-year-old Donis Avdey, played for all the youth and Junior national teams of Germany, spending a year and a half to rent in Austrian “Storm”, returned to Schalke, who owns, and this season spent in the Bundesliga in 5 matches (103 minutes) and scored one goal. For comparison, teammate of Avdija – Ukrainian Yevhen Konoplyanka has played 15 matches (512 minutes) and also scored one goal.
Eugene BELOZEROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine