24 August 2023 – Kosovo’s champion FC Ballkan has taken a big step towards qualification for the group stage in the UEFA Conference League, after defeating Belarusian team BATE Borisov in the first match of the play-off stage with a 4:1 score.

The Ballkan footballers showed high character as though they saw themselves at a disadvantage after 10 minutes managed to bounce back strongly, achieving a big victory. In fact, the Belarusians came to the fore through Denis Laptev but Ilir Dajës’ team equalled the numbers in the 31st minute with Bajram Jashanica’s excellent goal with a header.

In the second half, Ballkan dominated completely with Bleart Tolaj scoring twice in the 58th and 66th minute. The good play and many chances to score also brought the fourth goal when Armend Thaçi scored in the 89th minute for the final score 4:1. The return match takes place on 31 August in Mezokovesd, Hungary.