January 01, 2022 – 16:16
The Basketball Federation of Kosovo during 2021 had a busy calendar with many activities. Despite the difficulties, there were successes in local and international competitions.
At the local level, we single out the establishment of the National Center, and in the international one three medals from the Representatives of Kosovo and finally the victory against Denmark for the holiday of November 28.
National Basketball Center
A very important project for Kosovo basketball started on October 18 by the Basketball Federation of Kosovo (BFK).
For the first time in our country, the National Basketball Center has started, where players with potential for the future have been selected.
16 players (13 and 14 years old) from all over Kosovo have gathered in this National Center, while they will be supervised by Valentin Spaqi, Driton Obërtinca and Arben Krasniqi. Next year will also start in the women’s competition.
Basketball players have gathered at the Social-Educational Center “Don Bosko” in Pristina. They are training twice a day, five days a week, and on the weekends they will play at their clubs.
They will also have many friendly matches as well as play against other states.
This is a major and very important project for Kosovo basketball, where players with potential for the future are gathered, and then they will be part of the Kosovo Representatives.
BFK has always paid attention to the new generations and this is the next project, for the new generations to develop even more.
The basketball players coming out of the National Basketball Center will be a great help to all the new Representatives of Kosovo, but also to Kosovo basketball.
Kosovo girls win bronze medal in Cyprus
Kosovo basketball players won the bronze medal in their debut at the European Basketball Championship for Small States in Cyprus.
Kosovo defeated Malta 70:60 with a fantastic comeback in the last quarter, to take third place in this tournament.
The Dardanelles had lost in the semifinals to Ireland 86:72.
Kosovo came second in the group stage with a victory over host Cyprus and a loss to Luxembourg.
Six national teams took part in this five-day tournament, Andorra, Cyprus, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxembourg and Malta.
This was the first time that Kosovo A competed in the international arena and debuted with bronze medals.
Kosova U18, Challenger champion in Tirana
Kosovo defeated Luxembourg 84:58 (26:20, 20:25, 22: 3, 16:10) in the final to triumph in the FIBA European Challenger, for the U18 men, the championship that took place in Tirana.
Dardanians scored four victories in four matches and with merit was declared the champion of this competition. The MVP of this championship was announced Visar Ejupi of Kosovo.
In Kosovo in the final were Dion Sheqiri with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists, Hajriz Hazeri with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Rinol Gashi with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Visar Ejupi with 14 points, Eliot Peci with 13 and Bardh Istrefi with 10 points.
Albania took third place, Andorra fourth, Gibraltar fifth, Malta sixth and Moldova seventh.
Kosovo beat Albania 85:62, Moldova 108: 45, Andorra 80:71 and Luxembourg in the final 84:58.
The young Dardanians triumph in Prishtina
Kosovo U16 has developed fantastic performances in the FIBA European Challenger for men that took place in Pristina, scoring five convincing victories in five matches played. Even with 7-8 basketball players, after infecting four players with Covid, this did not stop the players from giving their best and triumphing at home.
The young Dardanians scored victories against Malta 117: 20, Moldova 122: 42, Gibraltar 98:19, Albania 103: 46 and Luxembourg 86:43.
European MVP in Pristina was announced Rron Dahsyla of Kosovo.
Victory against Denmark
Kosovo scored a great victory, defeating Denmark 78:73 (19:18, 20:16, 22:13, 18:27), in the match valid for the FIBA Eurobasket 2025 qualifiers.
In Kosovo, Valon Bunjaku and Drilon Hajrizi stood out with 14 points each and Dardan Berisha with 16.
Kosovo has a win and a loss, while Denmark a loss.
Denmark is a Representative with a tradition in European basketball and a very strong opponent.
The Dardanians will host Norway at home in February next year and travel to Denmark in June for the final group challenge. /Zeri.info