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.'
I was watching Top Channel last night, first the news, then Fiks Fare. According to them Tirana's citizens now have a choice not only between Rama and Olldashi, but also between Rama and Rama. A minor right-wing faction, Parti 'Balli Kombetar' , submitted papers to the election authorities registering their candidate, Akile Rama. The people on Fiks Fare got hold of the papers and sent a reporter and camera team to the address listed for Mr A Rama. After much ringing of the bell the gate was reluctantly opened by a middle-aged woman who refused to speak to the reporter and tried to close the gate on her. Back in the studio Saimiri and Doctori - the two presenters of Fiks Fare - revealed that Mr Akile Rama was 73 years old, in hospital, and did not know he was now a candidate for mayor. They also compared two documents - the papers submitted on his behalf, and a genuine document he had signed. The signatures were not even remotely similar. There was an interview with the lea
"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.
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.