Swiss Bernard Challandes has been unveiled as the new coach of Kosovo's national team, signing a two year contract on Friday to replace Kosovo Albert Bunjaku who resigned last year after poor results during qualification games for World Championship Russia 2018.
Challandes, who had been coaching Swiss club Basel, previously was in charge of Armenia’s national team and other Swiss teams. Kosovo Football Federation president, Fadil Vokrri, introducing the 66-year-old coach during a press conference in Pristina said that Challandes coach his first matches later this month in friendlies against Madagascar and Burkina Faso to be played in France.
The new coach said during the presentation that he knows the passion Kosovars have have for football and it is very important for him to lead this national team. “Kosovo is a new state that has 10 years of independence, while the team is even younger. I have watched all the matches Kosovo played and so far a great job has been done,” he said. “We have many players in Switzerland and other countries. We are going to create a good team and that is my duty,” he said noting that he hopes for a qualification in future Europe and world championships. Many players of Kosovo Albanian origin play with Switzerland, Kosovo and Albania. ”The team is already formed but I want to create a family,” Challandes said. ”Kosovo players are good dribblers, have good technique and are good runners,” he said. Kosovo was accepted by UEFA and FIFA last year, and fast-tracked into World Cup qualifying.