2 March 2024 – The newly created Kosova U16 National Team played its first international match within the “UEFA Development U16” Tournament in Tirana. The U16 Dardanians who started work at the beginning of last month under the direction of coaches Mehmet Kurda, Ibrahim Domi, Fadil Ademi and Burim Sadiku, today played against San Marino, a match they won after penalties with 6:5 since the match in the regular time ended 2:2.

Kosova started the match well and took the lead in the 10th minute through Omer Shala. However, San Marino quickly returned to the score from penalty. Dardanians took the lead again in the 30th minute, this time Rin Ahmeti scored from the penalty. However, the opponents managed to equalize again in the 50th minute, this time with a goal from a free kick. Thus, the winner was determined in the penalty shootout, where goalkeeper Ismajl Hasimi, who made three saves in a series of 8 penalties, was decisive for Kosova’s victory.

The Head Coach, Mehmet Kurda after the match said: “Since this was the first match of this team since we started work a month ago, I think it was a good performance. We had the chance to finish the game in regular time, as we missed a few chances, but that’s football. We went to penalties and luckily we were better. I hope that in the next matches the team will improve even more”.

Within the UEFA tournament in Tirana, Kosova will play two more matches: on 4 March against Albania and on 7 March against Belize.

Kosova U16 played with this composition: Ismajl Hasimi, Pashtrik Morina, Aldon Osmani, Omer Shala, Erin Demolli, Dion Bajrami, Butrint Idrizi, Rrezon Ademi, Rin Ahmeti, Festlind Graishta, Diell Tahiri: Redon Zekaj, Lorik Mehmeti, Erion Salihu, Leka Podvorica, Ari Malaj and Eduard Sekiraqa played too.