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Duka wins sixth term in Albania

Armand Duka has been re-elected as president of the Football Association of Albania (FShF).

Football Association of Albania (FShF) president Armand Duka
Football Association of Albania (FShF) president Armand Duka FShF

The 59-year-old businessman, who has also been a member of the UEFA Executive Committee since 2019, will serve a sixth term of office.

Duka’s latest mandate begins with Albania savouring the opportunity to shine on the international football stage when the National Arena in the capital Tirana hosts the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final on 25 May.

“We are excited about the final of the Conference League,” Duka said. “It will be a great event, and we Albanians will show the world that we know how to host [such occasions]."

Important successes

Duka was first elected as FShF president in May 2002. During his time in office, football in Albania has witnessed several important successes, including major changes in stadium infrastructure, the construction of new training centres and the association’s new headquarters, and the Albanian national team’s excellent qualification for the UEFA EURO 2016 finals.

“I am very emotional, but very happy,” he said after his re-election for another four-year term. "I would like to thank the whole football family. I will work constantly with everyone for the best of football.”

Joining forces to move forward

“Football has decided on football for the future,” Duka added. “And that is the important thing. We join forces to move forward and work on making football our main focus."

Duka emphasised that youth and women’s football would play a key role in Albania’s future football activities.

“We will continue to work and help youth football, so that youngsters can continue to play the game they love,” he said, “and we will continue our focus on improving women’s football in Albania as well.”