FIFA is still considering a request from new members Kosovo to allow a number of players to switch national teams and represent them, world soccer’s ruling body said on Thursday.
Kosovo, who play their first competitive international on Monday when they visit Finland in a World Cup qualifier, were accepted as members of FIFA and European football’s governing body UEFA in May despite fierce opposition from Serbia.
FIFA told Reuters in a statement that it had received a “series of requests for change of associations from the Football Federation of Kosovo.
“The various applications are currently pending and being investigated. As a result we are not in a position to further comment on them, nor to give an estimation of the time line.”
Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, said on Wednesday they had made requests for nine players to switch national teams, without identifying them.