Thursday 13 February 2014

Haiti the opposition for historic Kosovo friendly

Kosovo will host Haiti on March 5th less than 2 months after FIFA confirmed a set of regulations which allow the Kosovar national team to play member nations in friendlies.

Venue..the Olimpik Adem Jashari stadium
The Football Federation of Kosovo made the announcement yesterday with the northern town of Mitrovica, interestingly not capital city Pristina, the venue for the game. 

The 29,000 capacity Olimpik Adem Jashari, home of KF Trepça, will host the match at 15:00 local time.

It is unclear how many players previously capped by other nations will be called up as number of big Kosovar names have already played for FIFA members in competitive internationals. 

Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami and the Chievo pair Përparim Hetemaj and Samir Ujkani, who play for Finland and Albania respectively, are rumoured to feature.

In November we created a dream Kosovo XI which includes XherdanShaqiri and Adanan Januzaj. It is unlikely that either players will feature against Haiti however. The Caribbean side will play under new manager Marc Collat for the first time in Mitrovica.

Kosovo’s last international was against Albania in 2010 when they lost 3-2 in Pristina, which came 3 years after a fine 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia. The only other side to have beaten the Kosovars was Northern Cyprus in 2005.

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