At first glance, a four-place rise from 126th to 122nd in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking might not seem like a significant improvement. Yet it shows that, despite being formed less than nine years ago, the Kosovo women’s national team are on the right track.
Coach Aferdita Fazlija’s side underlined this point by winning their first-ever qualifier for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021, following it up with a defeat by Slovenia and another win against Estonia.
“It was important to kick off our qualifying campaign with a win against an opponent like Turkey, and personally it makes me feel very proud,” Fazlija explained in an interview with FIFA.com. “We would never have thought that we could pick up six points from three matches.
“We wanted to improve, perform well and not think about the points. Given that we are a new and inexperienced national team, I think we played two good games. However, it’s important to stress that our performance against Slovenia was anything but good, and it highlighted the experience we still lack.”