Kouka scores to keep Konyaspor Champions League hopes alive

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 May 2022

Egyptian striker Ahmed ‘Kouka’ Hassan scored Konyaspor’s third goal in their 3-1 victory against Hatayspor on Saturday to maintain their slim hopes of grabbing a Champions League spot.



Zymer Bytyqi broke the deadlock after only six minutes but Moroccan forward Ayoub El Kaabi leveled the score in the 16th minute from the penalty spot.

Kouka made an instant impact after being introduced in the game in the 70th minute.

After Konrad Michalak restored Konyaspor’s lead in the 73rd minute, the Egyptian killed any hopes of a comeback with the third goal in the 87th minute.

The 29-year old target man – who is on loan from Greek side Olympiacos – netted his eighth goal in the league bringing his tally to 11 goals with Konyaspor in all competitions.

Konyaspor are third on the Turkish table with 67 points, three behind second-placed Fenerbahce. Even if they win against Besiktas next Sunday, they still need Fenerbahce to lose against Yeni Malatyaspor in the final round to finish among the top two who qualify for the Champions League.

Champions Trabzonspor have already secured the title with 80 points.

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