Skënder Hyka

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Skënder Hyka
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Personal information
Full name Skënder Hyka
Date of birth (1944-09-06) September 6, 1944 (age 74)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1957–1963 17 Nëntori Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1974 17 Nëntori Tirana ? (60)
National team
1967–1968 Albania 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Skender Hyka (born 6 September 1944 - 5 July 2018) was a former Albanian who spent his entire career at his hometown club 17 Nëntori Tirana (present day KF Tirana) as a forward. He also represented the Albanian national team, although he only earned one senior cap at international level. He worked for Albanian Football Association as an Executive Committee member and he was head of the Competition Commission since 2009.


Early career[edit]

Hyka was born and raised in Tirana, where he went attended high school as well as university. He studied at the Institute of Physical Culture and Sport and graduated in 1968, whilst still playing professional football. He joined the 17 Nëntori Tirana youth setup at the age of 13 in 1957, where he played for the different age groups before being promoted to the first team in the early 1960s.

17 Nëntori Tirana[edit]

Once turning professional Hyka quickly established himself as a key member of the 17 Nëntori Tirana team, helping them win the Kategoria Superiore four times during his career. He scored 60 league goals with 17 Nëntori which at the time of his retirement in 1974 made him the club's all-time top goalscorer (5th as of 2012).

International career[edit]

Despite a successful club career with 17 Nëntori, Hyka never managed to break through into the Albanian national team. This was due to the high competition for a place in the attacking positions, especially with the likes of Medin Zhega and Panajot Pano playing in the same time period as Hyka, limiting his chances of being able to play international football. His only senior appearance came on 8 April 1967 against West Germany in Dortmund, a game which Albania lost 6-0 thanks to four goals by Gerd Müller and a double by Hannes Löhr. Hyka would not represent Albania again after this game as this was his only international cap.

Albanian FA[edit]

In the years 1992 - 1995, has been Secretary of the Athletic Club Zanzibar. In 1997 has been Secretary General of the Albanian FA. From 1992 onwards, a member of the Executive Committee of the Albanian FA.[1]