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'God Helped Him Score'

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.'

Comments

Dritan said…
I think there's a mistake at the end of the article, which it should be:
"I think I lived up to my duty" said God. Added Halili: "God helped him score and Tirana to win."

In fact, Salihi had been praying on his own for the whole month, but apparently it didn't work. Ah, Salihi, when are you going to learn that God doesn't work during the holiday season? He needs vacations too. The 30 Muslim priests, well versed in inner workings of God, held they prayer in the first day when he was back in the office, and it worked like a charm, err... you know what I mean.
Menezes said…
No chances to tirana!
Ll.T. said…
I'm curious, which paper carried this article?
ourmanintirana said…
I came across it through google alerts on a Welsh website. It was part of a summary of football news from the South Wales Echo - a regional Welsh newspaper.

Before that, it was carried on the UEFA website and also on the Guardian website where it is attributed to Reuters.

A google news search on "Hamdi Salihi" will bring up the links.

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