Prime Minister of Kosovo Congratulates Bad News Eagles for Qualifying to PGL Antwerp Major
All of Kosovo is proud of the team's historic achievement.
One of the last CS:GO teams to qualify through the second European RMR (Regional Major Rankings), Bad News Eagles (BNE), has been congratulated by Albin Kurti - Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo for advancing through to the PGL Antwerp Major 2022.
In his congratulatory message, Kurti stated that he was proud of the Albanian-Kosovar team for making it to the Major. He also celebrated the fact that Bad News Eagles had created history by becoming the first-ever CS:GO team from Kosovo to compete in a Valve sponsored tournament.
The team which consists of four players from Kosovo, one Swiss player, and an Albanian coach, managed to grab the second last spot for the Antwerp Major by defeating SINNERS '2-1' in the final elimination match.
Kosovan Prime Minister celebrates the success of Bad News Eagles for making it to the CS:GO Major
Against all odds the Kosovan CS:GO team Bad News Eagles, which is currently competing without the support of any organization, has cemented its name in the history books as the first team from Kosovo to qualify for a Valve sponsored tournament.
The team had already done well by qualifying for the European RMR B, but wanted to achieve even more by going all the way to Antwerp, Belgium. In an interview with HLTV, the team's entry fragger Rigon "rigoN" Gashi had said "We've already written history, but we want to take it to the next level."
This promise was fulfilled following BNE's victory against SINNERS in a close best-of-three series which went down to the final map.
Genc "gxx-" Kolgeci, BNE's AWPer in the same interview had said, "If we qualify for the main event it's going to be a big thing for us, for our country, and the Albanian community, so we can finally be put on the map."
Well, it certainly was a life-changing experience as their efforts were noticed by the Kosovan prime minister who came forward to acknowledge the team's achievement.
A gesture that is not too common in the world of esports, but has previously been done by other statesmen like the President of Ukraine - Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy who congratulated Natus Vincere on winning the PGL Stockholm Major 2021, and President of Russia - Vladimir Putin who had congratulated Team Spirit for winning The International 10.