Six clubs successfully pass the licensing process, Drita and Prishtina represent Kosovo in UEFA competitions
11 May 2018 – The FFK’s Committee on licensing clubs for European competitions held today a press conference where it disclosed details about this year’s licensing process. The Chairman of this committee, Naim Havolli and the Licensing Manager, Bajram Shala, presented to the media the clubs that have successfully completed the licensing this year, as well as other details during this process.
Initially, Bajram Shala announced that 10 Superliga clubs were part of this process while six of them had a successful application, which means that the First Instance Commission decided that six of these clubs will receive a license to UEFA competitions for 2018/19, while the other four have been refused as they have not met the criteria. The clubs that have met meet the criteria are Drita, Prishtina, Trepça’89, Liria, Llapi and Gjilani, while Feronikeli, Vëllaznimi, Drenica and Flamurtari have failed in this mission and Besa and Vllaznia have not applied at all. Furthermore, Shala said that while in the first year after admission the licensing process was done under UEFA monitoring, for the second consecutive year the whole process was done independently by FFK and over time the interest of clubs for this process is growing.
As for the reason for refusing four clubs from Superliga, Naim Havolli spoke. On this occasion he stressed that clubs that were not licensed for UEFA competitions failed to meet all the required criteria successfully. He said that Drenica, Feronikeli and Flamurtari stuck in some points, such as the financial, legal and infrastructure, while Vëllaznimi lacked documentation for club that will play in the final of Digitalb Cup of Kosovo, but even if it succeeds in winning the cup, it cannot be represented in UEFA competitions.
Thus, Kosovo in European competitions will be represented by Prishtina and Drita this year, but in the coming weeks it will be known which of them will play in the pre-qualification of the Champions League, which in pre-qualifications for Europa League after the closing of the race for the title of the champion in Vala SuperLiga.
In the end, the FFK Licensing Manager, Bajram Shala announced that beside these two clubs, today will be also a pre-registration form for Gjilani in the category of juniors that is Kosovo champion in the U19 SuperLiga but still it is not known if this team will be able to participate in the Youth Champions League, given the form of participation of the clubs in this competition.