PRISHTINA, June 9 /ATA/ – The head of Kosovo’s Football Federation and the most prominent Kosovar sportsman of the 1980s, Fadil Vokrri, passed away on Friday after a health complication.
Vokrri was rushed to Pristina’s University Hospital Centre after a heart attack in the early hours of this morning.
His condition deteriorated and passed away at the age of 57.
Born in Podujeva, he started his playing career at his hometown club where he forged a reputation as one of the best players to emerge from the Balkans.
The former Partizan Belgrade, Nimes and Fenerbahce forward played at international level for Yugoslavia in the 1980s and was named the country’s best player in 1987.
His legacy extends beyond his playing days, as he was head of the FFK when Kosovo became FIFA’s 210th member association in 2016, at the 66th FIFA Congress.
Vokrri was president of the Football Federation of Kosovo since the country declared independence in 2008. He is credited for the Kosovo Football Federation’s membership with the world football bodies – UEFA and FIFA, marking full internationalization of Kosovo’s football.
In his career as football player, Vokrri joined FC Pristina in 1980 and played there until 1986 scoring 55 goals and making 172 appearances. During this time Pristina debuted in this first league of former Yugoslavia federation and Vokrri was the club’s leader. Later he joined the Belgrade’s FK Partizan where he scored 18 goals and had 55 appearances. He also played for Nîmes Olympique, Fenerbahce where he played for the very successful coach Guus Hiddink.