Kosovo’s first official international, against the Faroe Islands in June, but it’s still unclear which players are eligible to turn out for them in the World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Kosovo’s first official international, against the Faroe Islands in June, but it’s still unclear which players are eligible to turn out for them in the World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Kosovo’s first World Cup qualifier takes place in Turku today evening and the team is still awaiting confirmation from Fifa that half a dozen of his best players will be eligible. That was hindrance enough on Saturday; imagine, then, the inconvenience when Kosovo were informed the final decision would not be given until 3pm on match-day, fewer than seven hours before kick-off.

The issue surrounds players of Kosovan birth or heritage who have played for other national sides, or did not hold Kosovan nationality before their admission. Those wishing to represent Kosovo have been allowed to put their request to the Fifa players’ status committee, a body headed by the former FA chairman Geoff Thompson, for consideration. The deciding criteria appear to be anyone’s guess.

Follow the Football match between Kosovo and Finland live with Eurosport. The match starts tonight at 19:45.

Source:
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/sep/04/kosovo-world-cup-2018-qualifier-finalnd