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Shefki Kuqi in contention for Kosovo under-21 manager’s job 

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Shefki Kuqi in contention for Kosovo under-21 manager’s job 

Ex-Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich and Crystal Palace striker Shefki Kuqi in contention for Kosovo Under-21 manager’s job

  • Shefki Kuqi has emerged as a contender to take the Kosovo Under-21 job
  • 44-year-old former striker enjoyed an extensive career in the English leagues 
  • He played football for Finland but is of Kosovar and Albanian descent 

Former Newcastle striker Shefki Kuqi is in line for a return to football as he emerges a contender for the Kosovo Under-21 manager’s job.

The 44-year-old is looking for a return to the game following his previous manager’s job with Finnish side FC Inter Turku and is a serious candidate to work within the Kosovo national set-up.

Kuqi, who also played for Crystal Palace and Ipswich among a host of other English clubs, represented Finland at senior international level during his playing career but is of Kosovar and Albanian descent.

Shefki Kuqi celebrates scoring a goal for Crystal Palace during his extensive career in England

Kuqi shows off his trademark 'bellyflop' celebration after scoring a goal for Ipswich in 2004

Kuqi shows off his trademark ‘bellyflop’ celebration after scoring a goal for Ipswich in 2004

And the former centre-forward is in line to replace Rafet Prekazi in the role of Under-21 head coach.

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