Football legend dies at 58, Belgrade and Pristina grieve for Fadil Vokrri

The head of the Kosovo Football Federation and one of the most prominent Yugoslav sportsmen of the 1980s, died on Saturday, the federation said in a statement. Kosovo media reported Vokrri died after a heart attack. A Day of mourning is planned for tomorrow.

Vokrri began as a football player of FK „Lab“, continued with FK „Pristina“ and then in Belgrade with Partizan. He also played for Yugoslavia, and participated at the Winter Olympics. He also played for Fenerbahce in Turkey and the French team, Bourge. Vokrri was completing his third four-year term in the position of the President of the Kosovo Football Federation.

The highest Kosovo officials sent condolences to the Vokrri family.

„Fadil was our greatest motivator and gave us the courage to come out as winners from many battles,“ said Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, describing Vokrri as“the brightest star in football“.

His Serbian friends grieve as well.

„Fadil, may you rest in peace and let your glory be eternal. Thank you“, said his former football club „Partizan“ while posting a photo in memoriam.

They reminded readers of Vokrri’s professional career with the Belgrade-based club and his earlier statement on spending „the most beautiful three years of the career“ with Partizan.

Vokrri wore Partizan’s jersey from 1986 to 1989, and with the popular black and whites won one championship (1986/87) and the Marshall Tito Cup (1989).

According to the Belgrade club, fans of Partizan admired Fadil Vokrri as a top player but also for his human character, through which he left a strong impact on the club.

„You were my honest Brother, Friend, Man and Partizanovac to the core. Thank you Fadil for everything. Rest in peace. You are leaving for eternity“, his long-time friend, Serbian Minister of State Administration and Local Government and former Partizan Vice-President Branko Ruzic tweeted while sharing photographs of the pair.

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