World Cup 2018: Kosovo still awaiting Fifa clearance for six players

Kosovo should wait till the day of their initial competitive match ahead of getting out whether or not six of their squad have been cleared to play by Fifa.

The Balkan territory, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, became a Fifa member in May perhaps - and a few Kosovans, who've played for other nations, have asked to adjust teams.

Kosovo play in Finland on Monday within a World Cup 2018 qualification match.

"We do not know if six players will be available," boss Albert Bunjaki stated.

"The players look really motivated and preparations will continue through Sunday, using the final coaching in the stadium where we're going to play.

"The only disturbing fact is [not knowing] when the players will likely be permitted to play, which we're expecting to come about on Monday."

The six players are:

Amir Rrahmani - a 22-year-old centre-back with one cap for Albania.

Valon Berisha - a 23-year-old midfielder with 19 caps for Norway.

Alban Meha - a 30-year-old midfielder with seven caps for Albania.

Herolind Shala - a 24-year-old midfielder with five caps for Albania.

Milot Rashica - a 20-year-old midfielder with two caps for Albania.

Samir Ujkani - a 28-year-old goalkeeper with 20 caps for Albania.

Kosovo's difficult political status has noticed a number of players born within the state play for different countries, such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Shefki Kuqi (Finland) and Lorik Cana (Albania).

When Kosovo's Fifa membership was secured, football's governing body indicated it would deal with players wanting to switch nations on a case-by-case basis.

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