Albanian Salihi has his prayers answered
The power of prayer has paid off for Albanian League side KF Tirana striker Hamdi Salihi.
The marksman had gone a month without hitting the net when club owner Refik Halili decided to take action and drafted in 30 Muslim priests to pray for the end of his barren spell.
Just 41 minutes into their next match with FK Partizani, Salihi found the target in a 3-2 win.'Salihi is a born striker and the fact he had not scored for four weeks had blocked him mentally,' Halili said.
'I think I lived up to my duty. God helped him score and Tirana to win.'
The death of communism in Albania brought a flourishing market economy to life just as it did across Central Europe and Russia. On the streets of Tirana people are buying and selling, trading goods and services in predictable, or sometimes novel, ways. The shops are the most obvious expression of this. The streets are lined with little stores selling almost everything you could want. Freed from the choking grip of state bureaucracy Albanians are now at liberty to buy whatever they can afford. No matter how absurd the demand, someone will create the supply. Hence the preponderance of shoe stores in this city of muddy streets and torn up footpaths. Especially outlandish is the fashion for high heeled white boots - about as impractical a style of footware as could be imagined. Dotted across the city are the market stalls, sometimes just one person selling bananas, elsewhere a whole street lined with sellers of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and spices. Those who cannot bring thei…