Kam­beri still keen on role with Al­ba­nia

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Verdict - By JOHN GREECHAN

FLO KAM­BERI in­sists he’s still com­mit­ted to play­ing for Al­ba­nia — de­spite see­ing his de­but hopes wrecked by some un­char­ac­ter­is­tic Swiss in­ef­fi­ciency. The for­mer Switzer­land Un­der-21 striker, also el­i­gi­ble for Kosovo, was sup­posed to play against An­dorra and world cham­pi­ons France dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break. But Kam­beri, who was per­suaded to throw his lot in with the Al­ba­ni­ans by ex-Rangers star Ser­gio Por­rini, re­vealed that a pa­per­work is­sue had left him in­el­i­gi­ble to play. ‘I was very de­lighted to get the call for Al­ba­nia, ’ said the Hibs for­ward af­ter scor­ing in his side’s 3-1 win over Mother­well on Sat­ur­day. ‘I went there, trained the first two days, then I had prob­lems with my an­kle. I have had that since the Liv­ingston game. ‘Then I found out that the doc­u­ments from Switzer­land were not ready. So I wouldn’t be able to play. ‘I was sup­posed to start against An­dorra and then play a part against France. So I was a bit dis­ap­pointed. But at least I was there, I met ev­ery­body and had a good week there, even though I came back early be­cause of my in­jury. ‘It was frus­trat­ing to be ruled out be­cause of pa­per­work. But at least it was not my fault! I have to be pa­tient. Now I’m back at Hibs, I’ll do my best and hope to be back next year.’ Asked how he chose be­tween the three avail­able paths to the in­ter­na­tional game, Kam­beri ad­mit­ted: ‘I am go­ing to play where the big­gest in­ter­est is, where I will be im­por­tant and the man­ager wants me. ‘With Al­ba­nia, there has been con­tact for two years. The as­sis­tant coach with Al­ba­nia is Ser­gio Por­rini, who used to play for Rangers. ‘He came over to the Celtic game, watched me play­ing and, the next day, he met with my agent and my fa­ther. ‘We had a good chat, they made it clear they really want me be­cause they want to build a new team and have a new era. I want to be a big part of it. ‘Hav­ing Ser­gio there is good be­cause some peo­ple think play­ing in Scot­land is easy but it’s not — it’s very tough. ‘It’s good to have some­one who can see your qual­ity and wants to work with you.’

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