Kosovo have big hopes for first international cam­paign

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Striker Al­bert Bun­jaku ad­mits Kosovo head into their his­toric first of­fi­cial qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign full of hope rather than ex­pec­ta­tion. The 32-year-old knows FIFA’s newly-ad­mit­ted na­tion will take to time get up to the speed of some of their Euro­pean ri­vals but be­lieves be­ing able to play a first com­pet­i­tive match is re­mark­able in it­self. Kosovo be­came the 210th mem­ber of FIFA in May this year after a long fight to be recog­nised on the international stage and to­day they kick-off their muchan­tic­i­pated, if un­likely, bid to reach Rus­sia 2018 against Fin­land in Turku. “Prac­ti­cally no­body be­lieved that we’d come this far so quickly and that we’d al­ready be tak­ing part in qual­i­fy­ing for a World Cup,” he told FIFA.com. “It’s a huge success that we’ve made this step – two years ago, no­body would have be­lieved it possible. “You can ob­vi­ously see that we’re only just start­ing and that ev­ery­thing’s still at that early stage.”

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