Wednesday 5 March 2014

Kosovo draw with Haiti in historic first FIFA friendly

In their first friendly to be approved by FIFA Kosovo drew 0-0 with Haiti in difficult conditions in Mitrovica this afternoon.
Conditions were difficult in Mitrovica

Both teams struggled to get used to the boggy pitch during the early stages of the game, which were scrappy.

The Haitians were the first to generate a clear opening in the 27th minute but in a 4 on 3 situation Kervens Belfort's shot was blocked by Avni Pepa.

The hosts went straight up the other end and threatened, Albert Bunjaku only just beaten to Ilir Azemi's through ball by goalkeeper Dominique Jean-Zéphirin.

Kosovo were cranking up the pressure and had a great chance to take the lead just before the half hour mark.

Another fine Azemi pass found Shpëtim Hasani in space inside the box but the Örebro player, in an attempt to find Bunjaku, squared the ball straight to Mechack Jérôme.

Kristian Nushi fired over from distance before Azemi missed the best chance of the first half in the 38th minute. 

Enis Alushi burst down the left wing and put in a dangerous ball which Bunjaku missed. However Hasani, at the back post, pulled the ball back for Azemi but the Greuther Fürth striker saw his effort superbly blocked by Frantz Bertin.

The second half, much like the start of the first period, began in a cagey fashion with few chances created by either team.

With less than 15 minutes to go substitute Faton Toski, who plays in the 2. Bundesliga with FSV Frankfurt, curled a free kick inches wide of the top corner of Jean-Zéphirin's goal.
The Kosovo team

With both sides making a number of substitutes the game eventually died out though Jean-Eudes Maurice tested Samir Ujkani in the 89th minute.

Liridon Krasniqi went close at the other end in stoppage time but the non-FIFA side will ultimately be happy with a draw, as will new Haiti manager Marc Collat who could easily have lost his first game in charge.

Feasibly the Kosovars could be in action again this year. Albania, who only have one game lined up during the May/June international break, would be the most realistic option.

Match information -

Score: Kosovo 0 -0 Haiti

Kosovo XIUjkani; Pepa [Rexhepi 65'], Sadiku [Krasniqi 71'], Hasani, Raskaj; Perdedaj, Nushi, Gashi, Alushi; Bunjaku [Toski 71']; Azemi [Kastrati 57']


  1. Serbian Football Federation has sent a letter of protest to his FIFA president Sepp Baltter , trying to deceive many things about the game Kosovo - Haiti . Serbian soccer federation could not resist dot its behavior already known until the World Federation sent a letter , asking FIFA to cancel the decision for Kosovo . FSS 's letter comes just a day after Kosovo marked her debut on the international stage playing scoreless Haiti in Mitrovica , while this is done thanks to FIFA 's decision that allowed on 13 January this year all its members to play friendly matches with clubs representatives and Kosovo . "From the first game have been some mistakes , errors and insulting national symbols of the Republic of Serbia . We have significant evidence that the home team jersey bore the emblem of the so-called , Football Federation of Kosovo , "reads the letter sent by the FSS has . " This is particularly surprising since the officials in the game had to watch wardrobe before the start of the game and in accordance with Emerging Issues Committee of FIFA seek removal decision. Besides officials , the match was the special observer FIFA , who also did not react . In this righteous FSS seeks initiation of disciplinary proceedings against all the leaders of this game. " Serbia craziness does not stop there but goes much farther than we can think . " Before the match before the stadium , fans have burned the flag of the Republic of Serbia and in the most severe have insulted our state symbols . During the match the home supporters with various calls have offended Serbian nation and state , "reads the decision . " FSS has on 18 February with the information that the game will take place in Mitrovica , has sent a letter to FIFA commemorating the negative consequences of this decision . In the northern part of Mitrovica lives a large number of citizens of Serbian nationality , and have filed as planned provocation . Unfortunately things have happened as we anticipated. Our fears that the game of football to be used for political purposes by the desire of state advertising that does not exist , proved to be correct . " " At the time of the decision by members of the Emergency Committee on FIFA , FSS has warned that FIFA 's motto " to enable all children to play football " will suffer real fiasco . And they have told FIFA 's leaders will not achieve this motto , but the match venue will be transformed into political influence , which is strictly forbidden by FIFA 's statutes . Football in Mitrovica yesterday , was entirely in the background , while the show is used as a sub attack on the Republic of Serbia , our citizens , symbols and citizenship , "reads the announcement of Serbia . " In this regard , the FSS has by FIFA executives expects rebound quickly in order to sentencing because of scenes of vandalism , nationalism , chauvinism and xenophobia . Also, FSS has distanced himself from the decision to issue emergency committee of FIFA and request reconsideration of its attraction . All members of the football family in Serbia in the previous period have made ​​commitments and have shown maximum understanding of the situation sets and complex , but we ask that the sport of football does not become the country for political influence internationally unrecognized state of Kosovo " . "On the content of the letter of protest sent to FIFA president Sepp Blatter has FSS will inform the president of UEFA , Michel Platini ," reads the letter futbollit./ Serbian Federation /

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