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Changes afoot in Albania

Published: Friday 25 April 2003, 11.28CET
Albanian football is set for a new Professional League to complement the country's football association.
Published: Friday 25 April 2003, 11.28CET

Changes afoot in Albania

Albanian football is set for a new Professional League to complement the country's football association.

Albanian football is set for a new Professional League to complement the country's football association.

Way forward
Koço Kokëdhima, the president of KS Apolonia, is leading the way with the initiative along with his counterparts at KS Dinamo Tirana and KF Partizani, Mihal Delijorgji and Albert Xhani. Kokëdhima, a media tycoon, told uefa.com the new body would help Albanian football and would not compromise the Football Association of Albania (FSF).

Not a threat
"The Professional League should not be considered as an opposition to the Albanian FA, but as an association that will help in the development of Albanian football," he said. He also added that the Professional League would organise the championship, appoint referees and manage TV rights.

Much support
Kokëdhima, Delijorgji and Xhani have had support from other club presidents, and the aim is to introduce the new league before the start of next season in September. SK Tirana president El Sayed, KS Flamurtari's Shkëlqim Selami and KS Teuta's Edmond Hasanbelliu all see the Professional League as crucial for Albanian football and have given public support to the plan.

Full backing
FSF president Armando Duka has also expressed his full support for the creation of the Professional League, which will follow the example set in other European countries. Duka stressed that he does not see the new development as a threat and promised to help in its creation and future work.

Last updated: 09/02/11 15.42CET

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