Uganda Cranes striker Farouk Miya came off the bench to rescue Konyaspor in the Turkish Super League on Sunday night.
Miya scored a late penalty in the 95th minute as Konyaspor beat Rizespor 1-0 at Konya Metropolitan Municipality Stadium in the Turkish Super League.
Miya, who started from the bench, was brought on towards the hour-mark to replace Levan Shengelia.
He had a chance to break the deadlock after receiving from Brazilian Rogerio Thuram in the 86th minute but he fired over the bar.
In the added minutes, with the game heading into a tie, Konyaspor was awarded a penalty after the visitor’s player Montassar Talbi blocked Omer Ali Sahiner’s pass with his hand.
Miya, with the responsibility from the spot, did no mistake but put the ball at the back of the net to provide Konyaspor with a lifeline in the league.
Miya’s goal was a brilliantly taken penalty, showing calm and composure to send Turkish goalkeeper Tarik Cetin into the wrong direction before the lethal striker wheeled away in celebration.
This is Miya’s sixth goal in the league and he’s the leading goalscorer at the club with six league goals. Omer Sahiner and Rijad Bajic have scored three goals each.
The goal, is Miya’s first in the league this year. He last scored against Genclerbirligi on November 2 in the league. His six-goal tally started against Antalyspor in a 2-2 draw in August last year. He has also scored against Denizlispor and Kasimpasor (2).
Miya’s goal this year had come in a friendly against Bursaspor on January 11.
With four games to go, Konyaspor move to 14th place on a 18-team log with 30 points from as many games.
Miya will be hoping to extend his heroics when they take the road to face Gazientep FK on Thursday, July 9 2020. They still have to face Instabul Basaksehir, Tranzonspor and Alanyaspor.
Miya known famously for scoring Uganda’s goal that took the side to the 2017 AFCON, has also played for Vipers, Standard Liege, Mouscron, Sebail and Gorica.