On 21 November 2018, the national football team of the Republic of Chameria travelled to the southern Albanian city of Tepelenë to play a match against the city’s professional team, KF Tepelenë, which plays in the Albanian Second Division.
The event was attended by the city’s dignitaries, including the mayor. The match was preceded by speeches from various persons including the chairperson of the football federation, Mr. Arben Arkaxhiu and one of the main organisers of the event, Mr. Marenglen Koçiu. Furthermore, the president of the Republic of Chameria, Festim Lato was in live contact during the opening ceremony and like the also present mayor of Tepelenë gave his blessing to the friendly game between the national team of the Republic of Chameria and KF Tepelenë.
The 90 minute match ended in a two-to-one win for KF Tepelenë. A report of the match can be viewed on the federation’s website.
The national team of the Republic of Chameria has played a series of matches against professional teams in Kosovo and Albania in the past months. A list of those matches and more information about the teams and events can be found on the website of the official Football Federation of the Republic of Chameria: http://www.footballfederationrepublicofchameria.org
In 2019 the national team will also participate in several major international tournaments in various countries in Europe. The team will also join the European Championships organised by CONIFA, which will be held in June 2019 in Artsakh.