FIFA clears Ar­ber Zeneli to play World Cup qual­i­fiers for Kosovo

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

FIFA has cleared an­other player to rep­re­sent Kosovo ahead of this week’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing.

FIFA says 21-year-old Ar­ber Zeneli can switch from Swe­den, where he was born and rep­re­sented at youth and un­der-21 level.

FIFA’s ap­proval for Zeneli’s ap­pli­ca­tion fol­lows a chaotic rush last month to clear six Kosovo play­ers hours be­fore its com­pet­i­tive de­but as a na­tional team. Kosovo then drew 1-1 in Fin­land.

Kosovo-el­i­gi­ble play­ers played for other coun­tries be­fore the Balkan repub­lic be­came mem­bers of UEFA and FIFA in May.

Zeneli, who has eth­nic Al­ba­nian fam­ily roots, was al­ready named in Kosovo’s squad to play Croa­tia on Thurs­day and Ukraine on Sun­day.

The Heeren­veen winger was in Swe­den’s ti­tle-win­ning Un­der-21 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship squad last year but did not go to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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