Football players world over move to different countries to play, some play and complete their contracts then go, others don’t even complete their contracts before they are deemed surplus while others play their hearts out and leave a legacy to an extent that they are forever remembered in the history of the club.
Being remembered in the history of the club is what Magid “magic” Musisi (RIP) did at Bursaspor FC between 1994-97 for the good reasons.
For starters, Musisi was the first Ugandan footballer to sign for a European club and first professional Ugandan footballer to make it to Europe when he joined French Ligue1 side Stade Rennes from SC.Villa in 1992 at 25 years, netting 28 goals from 51 appearances.
It’s that brilliant performance that enticed Turkish premier league side then Bursaspor FC to sign him in 1994, becoming the first Ugandan footballer to play in the Turkish top flight league at 27 years.
At Bursaspor, the clinical and energetic goal poacher never disappointed with match winning strikes and eye catching celebrations most notably the “Crocodile” one which upto date is still remembered in the club history with his images and statue in place at the club premises.
The three years Musisi spent at Bursaspor won him hearts of many Bursaspor fans, fellow players and top officials, netting 31 goals in 77 appearances before emotionally departing the club in 1997 for another Turkish side Canakkale Dardanelspor.
At Dardanelspor, Musisi played for two years scoring 29 goals from 79 games until 1999 before returning back home to end his five year stay in Turkey were he in total netted 60 goals in 156 appearances averaging to 12 goals per season.
Twenty years since Musisi left Turkey, Uganda realised a second player in history to play in Turkey’s most prestigeous league in 22-year old Farouk Miya when he joined Konyaspor FC from Croatian side HNK Gorica in 2019.
Miya who struggled to adapt to European football when he joined Belgian side Standard Liegu as a 19 year old in 2016 from Vipers SC finally started clicking to the European game following loan stints to Azerbaijan’s Sebail FC, Belgium’s Excel Mouscron and a permanent move to Gorica which were without a doubt a massive learning platform for him.
And when Konyaspor signed him, he was ready for the big stage and no wonder he never disappointed in his first season that recently ended guiding his side to relegation survival with match winning displays that saw him emerge as club’s season leading scorer with 8 league goals from 25 games, raking 1555 minutes.
With such a performance in his debut season in the Turkish Premier League, the Uganda Cranes darling has taken on the mantle from his predecessor Magid “Magic” Musisi who took the league by storm and he is on the right course to over take him but still a very long way to go.