If all goes according to plan, Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg will finally sign Uganda Cranes forward Farouk Miya after failing to land the then teenage Vipers’ player in the January window of 2016.
Currently plying his trade at Turkish top tier side Konyaspor, Miya might be on his way to the Red Bull Arena, the home of 13 time Austrian champions Salzburg Football256 has learnt.
Highly placed sources did reveal to this writer that Salzburg have been monitoring Miya’s progress in Europe since he snubbed them for Belgian outfit Standard Liege in 2016.
“They have been monitoring him for some time now and he is a player they are targeting going into next season,” the source told this website.
“Miya is one of those players whose curve has been going up, over time he has proved that he has what it takes to adjust to life in Europe age is on his side,” the source added.
Not even efforts by former Cranes and Salzburg skipper Ibra Sekagya would convince Vipers and Miya about ditching Liege for Salzburg in a move believed to have fetched Vipers EUR800,000 (about UGX3.2B).
After failing to command a starting place at Standard Liege, Miya had loan spells at Mouscron in Belgium and Sabail in Azerbaijan before permanently moving to HNK Gorica in Croatia for EUR500,000 (about UGX 2B).
The 2015 FUFA Player of the Year then joined Konyaspor from HNK Gorica for EUR900,000 (about UGX3.7B) on August 20th, 2019 until July 20th, 2022.
With 20 appearances under his belt at Konyaspor, Miya has registered five goals and one assist in 1232 minutes, starting 13 times, coming off the bench seven times.
At HNK Gorica, Miya managed 33 appearances, finding the back of the net six times, with five assists in 1989 minutes.
Miya has over time built his status as a goal-scoring midfielder with 12 goals in 39 international caps, managing three assists. He has actually averaged a goal every 250 minutes in a Cranes jersey.
But he is most remembered for his winner in Cranes’ 1-0 win over Comoros on September 4th, 2016 as Uganda sealed an Africa Cup of Nations slot for the first time since 1978.
Miya made his Cranes debut aged 16 years, seven months and 23 days on July 19th, 2014 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Mauritania.
If Salzburg finally acquire Miya’s services, he will follow into the footsteps of Sekagya as the second Ugandan to feature for the club, the latter captained Salzburg to a domestic double in 2011.
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