Bahri Kavaja

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Bahri Kavaja
Personal information
Full name Bahri Ahmet Kavaja
Date of birth (1924-08-23)23 August 1924[1]
Place of birth Shkodër, Albania
Date of death 19 August 1987(1987-08-19) (aged 62)
Place of death Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1949[2] Vllaznia
1949–1950 Dinamo Tirana
National team
1946–1950 Albania 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bahri Ahmet Kavaja (23 August 1924 – 19 August 1987) was an Albanian football player who played for Vllaznia Shkodër and Dinamo Tirana as well as the Albania national team.[3]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Albania in an October 1946 Balkan Championship match against Yugoslavia and earned a total of 13 caps, scoring no goals. His final international was a June 1950 friendly match against Bulgaria.[4]


In September 1950 after a game in Hungary, he escaped his team along with Sulejman (Bule) Vathi after swimming the strait of Bosphorus, and did not return to the Communist regime in Albania, eventually settling in New Zealand.[5][6] He became a naturalised New Zealand citizen in 1965,[1] and died in Adelaide, South Australia, on 19 August 1987.[7]


1950 [8]


  1. ^ a b "New Zealand, naturalisations, 1843–1981". Operations. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ e Kampionatit të parë mbarëkombëtar të futbollit
  3. ^ EU Football profile
  4. ^ "Player Database". Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  5. ^ Magelanet Shqiptare te futbollit
  6. ^ Imigrimet e para të shqiptarëve në Zelandën e Re
  7. ^ "Deceased search results". Centennial Park Cemetery. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  8. ^ Albania - Championship Winning Teams - RSSSF