With Elis Bakaj and Fatjon Sefa proving deadly up front, KS Dinamo Tirana are steam-rolling their rivals in the Albanian league; they are, says KS Vllaznia coach Roland Luci "a goalscoring machine".
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With Elis Bakaj and Fatjon Sefa proving a deadly combination up front, KS Dinamo Tirana are steam-rolling their rivals in the Albanian Kategoria Superiore; they are, says KS Vllaznia coach Roland Luci "a goalscoring machine".
After winning 13 of their 15 games to date, unbeaten Dinamo are already 14 points clear of second-placed KS Besa. "We have been focused and we're playing good football," said coach Shkelqim Muça, fresh from the 4-2 win against Vllaznia which had opposite number Luci so in awe.
'A great move'
The most menacing cogs in that machine are undoubtedly Bakaj and Sefa. The 22-year-old playmaker Bakaj was lured to Dinamo from boyhood club KF Partizani last winter, and has become a star. "It was a great move for me," he said after a goal against Vllaznia took him to ten for the season, a league best. "I enjoy it here. We have a great team with great players who are making my job even easier."
Talent in reserve
Sefa scored a hat-trick against Vllaznia to take his tally to nine for the campaign and has been one of the most exciting members of Dinamo's supporting cast. Though at a time when many of their rivals are struggling to field a decent first XI, last season's third-placed finishers have talent in reserve, with the likes of Sebino Plaku, Bekim Kuli and Erjon Xhafa regularly starting on the bench. All three would walk into most other Kategoris Superiore starting XIs.
"They are absolutely packed with top players; that's why they win," said one unnamed coach, fearing that the league leaders were effectively unbeatable. They are certainly irresistible going forward with 31 goals to date; their closest rivals in the goalscoring stakes are KS Apolonia with 23, with no other side having managed more than 16.