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.'
Le Monde Diplomatique has been musing in its very French way about The Dream of a Greater Albania . The reliably vitriolic AA Gill is reliably vitriolic about Albania in the Sunday Times . Sensitive Albanians might want to give this one a miss. The Guardian carries an obituary of Gramoz Pashko.