Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Miya impresses, to sign 3-year contract at Belgium's Standard Liege

Farouk Miya has done very well in the handful of matches he has played for Standard Liege since joining in February and the Belgium side have agreed to sign him on permanently. 

Cranes ace struggled initially due to injury, but when he got his stride, became a regular starter in the final games of the season. He joined on  "loan" - a trial spell on the professional circuit - from Ugandan soccer giants Vipers.

"Farouk Miya will sign a 3-year full contract with Standard Liege. Happy that his performance and great football and human qualities have earned him this," Cranes coach Micho said.

Usually very lethal in front of goal, Miya's performance in Cranes games since moving lacked the spark expected, but now all hope is that after signing full contract, and his confidence high, he will play a key part in Uganda's make-or-break Nations Cup tie against Botswana away June 4. 

The break-through on the European scene for Miya should spur several other players like Joseph Ochaya, Khalid Aucho and Murushid Jjuko who are waiting to hit the big stage. 

MARCH 20, 2016: Miya wins first trophy 

Miya and goalkeeper 
Valdes celebrate last night

In a sign of the confidence his new club have in in him, Ugandan international Farouk Miya was part of the team as Standard Liege lifted the Belgium Cup yesterday at the King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels.

Miya was on the bench as Standard Liege's Croatian striker Ivan Santini headed the winner three minutes from time to snatch their 7th Belgian Cup with a 2-1 final victory over holders Club Brugge.

VIDEO: Miya arrives for the final

Jean-Luc Dompe had earlier put Standard Liege in the lead that lasted 10 minutes. Israeli international Lior Rafaelov, who scored the winner in last year's final, had put Bruges back in the game.

It was just the second game (CLICK HERE to READ STORY) that Miya has featured in after joining the club from Uganda's Vipers last month. His first game was a week back, coming on as a substitute in his club's last regular season match.

Miya is now expected to return to Uganda for international duty. Uganda takes on Burkina Faso in two games in 4 days next week!


How "we" broke the news in February

Miya in action for Uganda against Mali at CHAN recently

Ugandan football star Farouk Miya has finally signed for Belgian football giants Standard Liege.

Standard de Liège @Standard_RSCL tweeted the photo above early today, saying...."Le milieu offensif ougandais Faruku MIYA est arrivé au Standard de Liège ce vendredi ! #WelcomeFaruku #RSCL"

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