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Dinamo Tirana show the way

Published: Thursday 3 January 2008, 12.06CET
KS Dinamo Tirana ended 2007 by extending their lead at the top of Albania's Kategoria Pare to six points while Mirel Josa is on a good run at KS Vllaznia.
by Fatjon Pandovski
Published: Thursday 3 January 2008, 12.06CET

Dinamo Tirana show the way

KS Dinamo Tirana ended 2007 by extending their lead at the top of Albania's Kategoria Pare to six points while Mirel Josa is on a good run at KS Vllaznia.

KS Dinamo Tirana ended 2007 by extending their lead at the top of Albania's Kategoria Pare after a 7-0 thrashing of struggling KS Skënderbeu.

Extensive lead
Joyous from recording the biggest win in the top-flight so far this season, Agim Canaj's side were boosted further when nearest challengers FK Partizani could only draw with mid-table KS Flamurtari the following day. Croatian Pero Pejić scored four against Skënderbeu to climb to the top of the goalscorers chart, as Dinamo Tirana moved six points clear at the summit. "We have a very good team and we have produced some very good performances in the first half of the season," Canaj told uefa.com. "I am very satisfied with the way our players have responded in training and the discipline they have shown during matches."

In-form
Pejić has 13 goals, one more then Vioresin Sinani, who claimed a hat-trick in KS Vllaznia's 4-1 victory against defending champions KF Tirana. The setback was Tirana's first in ten matches, a run stretching back to 30 September when they were beaten by KS Besa. "[Tirana] are the reigning champions and the hottest team at the moment," said Vllaznia coach Mirel Josa, who saw his side finish the year with back-to-back victories. "The squad produced one of their best performances so far this season. Hopefully, this form will carry on into the new year."

Coaching movement
Elsewhere there have been a number of coaching changes in the Kategoria Pare. Neptun Bajko is the new head coach of KS Besëlidhja, while Shkelqim Velo resigned after just seven days at the helm of Skënderbeu to be replaced by the returning Renato Rrapo. Meanwhile Kristaq Mile has been appointed as coach of KS Teuta following the departures of Hysen Dedja and interim coach Gentjan Begeja.

Disappointing start
Another recently appointed coach, Suljeman Starova, has endured a miserable start to life on the bench with KS Besa. Starova, who was sacked by Tirana in September, has presided over just one victory, much to the annoyance of the 52-year-old. "During the winter break we will see some major changes," he said.

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