10 July 2018 – The Kosovo’s Head Coach, Bernard Challandes, accompanied by his assistant, Ramush Gashi, visited today the City Stadium in Prishtina where the team he leads will play the matches of the League of National that begin in September. In fact, Kosovo will play the first match in this competition as a guest against Azerbaijan in Baku on 7 September whereas three days later, it will be the host of the Faroe Islands at the stadium that is now near to be inaugurated. After today’s visit to the stadium, Challandes expressed to be happy with what he saw, as the works are close to being finalized.
“I am very happy to be in my home, at our stadium. I hope to do the work within the foreseen deadline. It is a great pleasure to play in our home both for players and for me. I look forward to playing in this stadium. I am sure that 12,000 fans will be in the stadium same as they supported us on the friendship match against our brothers from Albania in Switzerland.
There were over 18,000 fans and they were our 12th player, therefore, a good result will not be lacking. I hope that fans here will be our 12th player who will lead Kosovo forward,” Challandes said.As far as Kosovo’s readiness for the League of Nations matches is concerned, Challandes was optimistic, but asked not to see this match as an easy one.
“We had three friendly matches and we had positive results. I saw a team that could do a lot. I could not see all the players as Valon Berisha was injured, while some others hope to have the opportunity to see them in the meantime. But let’s not think that the teams we have opponents in the League of Nations are easy. Of course we will have a lot of trouble, but I believe in my players and most probably we will reap the right results, “added the Kosovo’s Head Coach.
He further said that Kosovo’s qualification in the European or World Cups would be something extraordinary, but according to him, there is still a lot of work to be done.
“In my head, I see a qualified Kosovo, but on the other hand I see that for the future of Kosovo we must work hard to make a strong national team. Therefore, we have to walk on the ground and not think that Azerbaijan, the Faroe Islands and Malta are easy to go. It takes commitment, work and dedication to achieving the objectives. My and my staff’s job is to prepare a generation for the future. I have contacts with U-19 and U-21 coaches, because there is the future of Kosovo, “Challandes underlined.