With just five games of the Albanian Kategoria Superiore season remaining, it is a case of all hands to the pump for KF Tirana as they look to preserve a one-point lead over KS Vllaznia. Yet one pair may be missing as on-loan midfield player Ansi Agolli, the architect of a weekend goal which established that slender advantage, is set for an imminent return to VPS Vaasa in Finland.
Tirana and KS Vllaznia have occupied the top two places in Albania since the start of November, taking it in turns at the summit. They have opened leads as big as seven points which have been hauled back and overtaken each time. Only goal difference has separated them for the past month but, with Vllaznia losing at KS Teuta last Saturday, it is again advantage Tirana – just. The capital club looked to be passing up their golden opportunity as they trailed struggling FK Partizani 2-1 with three minutes remaining at the weekend when Agolli delivered a telling cross which striker Daniel Xhafa duly converted. "I was very excited when he put the ball in the net," the creator told uefa.com. "It was a perfect goal, at a perfect time."
The 26-year-old was doing what he does best. He registered in three successive games midway through the season, but it is as an instigator of chances that he is most at home. "My game is all about encouraging and trying to launch attacks on goal," added Agolli, a left-sided Albanian international. "I like scoring once in a while too, even if it's not really in my job description." Sadly for Tirana, another part of his job description specifies that he must return to VPS on 1 May, not a divorce he is relishing. "It's tough," Agolli said. "We have a chance to win two trophies [Tirana are through to the Albanian Cup semi-finals] and for me to leave at this point is difficult. I hope the clubs can come to some sort of arrangement that benefits both sides. I will be disappointed if I have to go, but it is part of the game."
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