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Farouk Miya Opens Up On Life In Turkey, Majidu Musisi

Farouk Miya has expressed his readiness ahead of the 2020/21 Turkish Premier League that kicks off later this month.

This will be his second season in Turkey following his move from Croatian side Gorica to Konyaspor in August last year.

Last season, the attacking midfielder scored eight goals from 25 games for his team.

Miya and Sadio Mane. Courtesy

Miya, in an interview with New Vision, said that he spent most of “my time under lockdown” due to the Covid19 pandemic.

He said:

“I have had a wonderful experience so far here. But my best feeling has been playing for a coach (Bilent Korkmaz) who believes in my abilities.

“I find the city wonderful. The people are friendly, caring and passionate about football. I enjoy everything at Konya.

“I have learnt so much. I have learnt that you just have to keep working hard to achieve your dreams even though other people don’t believe you.”

Farouk Miya in action

The Cranes star who scored the only goal in 2016 as Uganda beat Comoros to book a place in 2017 AFCON, said that he had planned to travel back home (Uganda) but he couldn’t due to airport closure.

Miya is trying to rekindle the legacy left behind by Majidu Musisi who played for Bursaspor (1994-1997) and Dardanelspor (1997-1992).

While in Bursaspor, Musisi’s crocodile celebration (crawling on his knees) which was later copied by teammates, left a big mark to the extent that a football stadium (Timsah Arena) was designed in the honour.


Majidu Musisi. Courtesy

Miya says:

“He (Majidu Musisi) was a great player and people know him in turkey. They still remember his contributions here.”

“I personally was inspired by the way he represented our country (Uganda).”

Konyaspor will open league proceedings with a visit to Genclerbirligi on September 19 before hosting Besiktas the following week.

Ahead of the new season, Miya says that he wants to keep working hard and try to win some honours. “I believe with hard work and determination, we’ll be able to achieve success. We want to please our fans and take a higher position in the league table.”

Miya joined Belgium’s Standard Liege from Vipers 2016. He has since played for Mouscron, Sebail and Gorica.


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