Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha expects to create his debut for Kosovo – the country of his birth – in next month’s World Cup qualifier against Iceland.
Berisha has previously played international football for Albania, representing them 17 instances, but had a unique clearance authorized by FIFA in January to switch to Kosovo, which only became a FIFA member in 2016.
The 31-year-old forward told reporters on Thursday that he wants to play for Albert Bunjaki’s group when they host Iceland in only the fifth World Cup qualifier in Kosovo’s history on March 24.
“At this stage it looks like I’m going to go – my first game to play for Kosovo,” Berisha said.
“So for me it is an extremely fascinating time for the reason that I decided to go and I hope I’ve an excellent time.”
Victory’s marquee forward was born in Kosovo’s capital Pristina in 1985 when it was nonetheless a a part of Yugoslavia but grew up in Germany, and produced his debut for Albania – like lots of other Kosovars just before and because – in 2006.
Berisha is on track to have his finest season inside the A-League in 2016-17, with his brace in final week’s 3-0 win over Central Coast Mariners taking him to 16 goals for the campaign.
He has seven matches plus finals to score 5 objectives and match his haul from his maiden A-League season in 2011-12 with Brisbane Roar.
Plus, Berisha requires just three more goals to grow to be the very first player to score one hundred in the A-League, which he would like to reach as soon as you possibly can.
“Yes, sort of, since I anticipate these concerns otherwise each and every press conference,” he said.
“So I do prefer to be certain I reach [the milestone] as quick as you possibly can simply because then it’s carried out, but I’m focused actually around the game coming up against Adelaide, that is definitely crucial.”
Victory will host Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Saturday in a crucial match for their premiership hopes.
Sydney FC’s derby loss last week has opened the door for Victory to catch the leaders, with Berisha and Co. set to pay a visit to the Sky Blues on March three.
Immediately after a disappointing scoreless draw away to Newcastle Jets, Victory made a number of their ideal football again against the Mariners last week, in accordance with their top marksman.
“I think what was truly important was that we stuck to our structure and everybody did their function that they have to do… and this was all missing against Newcastle,” Berisha said.
“We were pretty sincere with one another, it was just not very good adequate and we played an awesome, great game against Central Coast.”