For Kosovo’s diaspora in England, tonight’s match tonight splits loyalties, reinforces bonds and represents a historic moment in a long journey for football in the country.
Kosovo extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches after defeating Czech Republic 2-1 in Prishtina, moving into the top two in qualification Group A for Euro 2020.
Kosovo’s women’s football team beat Turkey at home but lose in Slovenia, leaving them in fourth place in qualification Group A for the 2021 European Championships with eight games left to play.
An injury time winner against Bulgaria in Sofia secured Kosovo’s first ever win in a European Championship qualifier, putting the Dardanians a point off the group leaders.
Women’s football has come a long way since the first season of the Kosovo Women’s League 10 years ago, but there are still challenges to overcome: a lack of financing, infrastructure and exposure, and tackling social prejudices for starters.