Kosovo became the 210th member of FIFA in May, but the Balkans outfit´s historic match has been marred by questions over who will be allowed to play for the team.
According to FIFA´s rules, someone who has played for another national team cannot normally switch allegiance. A number of Kosovo´s potential players applied individually for special permission.
FIFA said it had approved applications from nine players who had previously turned out for other countries: Fanol Perdedaj, Bersant Celina, Hekuran Kryeziu, Albert Bunjaku, Enis Alushi, Sinan Bytyçi, Vedat Muriç, Erton Fejzullahu and Elbasan Rashani.
Bunjaku was a member of Switzerland´s squad at the 2010 World Cup, while Perdedaj played for the German youth team and Celina was an under-21 international for Norway.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. About 100 countries recognise it as a state now, but major countries like Russia do not.
Serbia vehemently opposed Kosovo´s admittance to world governing body FIFA, which came soon after Europe´s governing body UEFA narrowly approved their membership.
A total of 24 players with roots in Kosovo currently play for six other national teams.
Most play for Albania, who are mourning the decision of four players so far from their European Championships squad earlier this summer to play for Kosovo.
Others include Belgium´s Adnan Januzaj, Finland´s Perparim Hetemaj and Sweden´s Arber Zeneli, who all await the green light from FIFA, a spokesman saying Monday that "eight requests are currently still pending and being investigated".
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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||330.48||331.18|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||33.72||34.07|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||171.35||173.35|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Karachi||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Islamabad||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Peshawar||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Quetta||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Sialkot||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Attock||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Gujranwala||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Jehlum||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Multan||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Gujrat||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Nawabshah||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Chakwal||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Hyderabad||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Nowshehra||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Sargodha||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Faisalabad||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Mirpur||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|