20 March 2017 – The Selector of the National Team of Kosovo, Albert Bunjaki, held today a press conference prior to the match against Island to be played on 24 March at “Loro Boriçi” stadium in Shkodra within the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. On this occasion, Bunjaki made public the list of 23 footballers who would be available for this match. Previously, the FFK President Vokrri handed over a shirt of the National Team of Kosovo to the publicist Halil Matoshi who is known to be a great fan of the National Team and has continuously supported FFK and the National Team with his opinions.
Meanwhile, the Selector Bunjaki speaking about the Friday’s challenge against Island, noted that there are several footballers who are playing for Kosovo for the first time such as Besart Berisha, Donis Avdijaj and Atdhe Nuhiu. He further noted that the time for victory has already come and Kosovo will enter this match to achieve this goal.
“This is our fifth match. In fact, we have gradually started to create our experience from the years 2008-2009 when we began our journey with friendly matches. We had a great selection of 300 players and managed to create a basis for 15 players who joined us in September, and since September to date, we managed to get 18 new players. A group of players aged from 22 to 23 years old has been established, being one of the youngest teams in the world”
Nevertheless, Bunjaki is aware of the strength the rival team has and the fact that it managed to go up to the quarterfinals in the last European Cup. “Island is the best example for developing teams such as ours. Even smaller teams with a better organization can do a lot and significant achievements”, Bunjaki said.
The selector further noted that along with the technical staff members have analyzed the rival’s game and have under consideration that this is a team that its advantage is the height of players and basis the game in the physical aspect. “We have to use all chances we create in this match, since in last matches, we created many chances to score but could not finalize them. We may have not many chances to score in this match but we must use as many chances as possible. We hope this time to be lucky in finalizing the actions. Island is a compact team causing troubles to rivals. However, we prepared, we made all analysis, we collected all information about our players and the Island’s players as well”, Bunjaki concluded.