Zambian and Leicester city red-hot striker Patson Daka has been voted UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE player of the week following his electric performance in Leicester’s 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow in Russia on Thursday.
The fast rising striker scored a haul for the Leicester side that came from two goals down to thump Spartak Moscow 2-4 away from home.
Barely days after after he became the first Zambian to score in the premier league when he netted his debut league goal in Leicester colours, Daka also became the first Zambian to score a hatrick in any major European competition excluding qualifiers.
The 23-year old who rose through the ranks from Austrain giants Red bull Salzburg now holds the record for the fastest hattrick in both the Austrian Bundesliga (11 minutes) and the Europa League (9 minutes).
Meanwhile, his Cameroonian counterpart Karl Ekambi who was also nominated for the Uefa europa league player of the week awards, has been voted number three in the polls.
Ekambi who plays for French club, Lyon FC netted brace last night in the Europa league and is the leading goal scorer in the competition.
The weekend left debates among Zambians following Leicester city striker Patson Daka’s debut premier league goal which has been widely recognized as Zambia’s first goal in the English top flight league.
BUT WHO WAS THE FIRST ZAMBIAN TO PLAY IN ENGLAND ?
The first Zambian players to play in England were Freddie Mwila and Emment Kapengwe who were signed by Aston villa fc after impressing in the United States at Atalanta chiefs fc.
Mwila caught the eye of Aston villa after he scored three goals for Atlanta chiefs against Manchester city in two consecutive friendly matches.
Kapengwe played just three games in claret and blue and Mwila only one as Villa were relegated to Division 3 for the first time. Both returned to Zambia at the end of the 1969/70 season, nine months after arriving in England.
The two never played in the English top flight league as they only featured for Aston villa in the lower tier.
WHO THEN WAS THE FIRST ZAMBIAN TO PLAY IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
NIEL Gregory who was born in Ndola city on the Copperbelt province of Zambia in 1972 from English parents is recognized as the first Zambian to play in the premier league.
Gregory is the first player with Zambian descent to play in the English Top flight league with Ipswich city in 1991/1990 season.
He made three appearances for Ipswich city and never scored or assisted in the Premier league.
On 12th July, 2005 then Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin was spotted a young Collins Mbesuma who was in his prime in the south African league banging goals week in week out. He signed him for a three-year deal but did not join the English immediately following work permit issues due to low ranking of the Zambia National Soccer Team until late into pre-season.
Mbesuma only made four appearances , all coming from the bench as he never started a match for Portsmouth in the 2005–06 season premier league.
Mbesuma is however, the first Zambian to play in the English premier league since the country got her independence in 1964 .
Emmanuel Mayuka was the third Zambian to play in the premier league after he joined Southampton in 2012 following his brilliant performance at the 2012 African cup of Nations.
Mayuka made 16 appearances for Southampton but never scored all assisted in any of the matches and only two non-competitive goals for the club.
On 30 July 2015, manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Mayuka ‘had no future at Southampton’, and he was removed from the first-team, having failed to score in any of his 16 league appearances for Southampton.
After over a decade, Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu became the fourth and firth Zambian players to play in the Premier league.
Mwepu and Daka made their debuts this season after they were both signed from Red Bull Salzburg by Brighton and Hove Albion fc and Leicester city fc.
With Daka’s goal against Manchester united fc on Saturday when Leicester city thrashed united 4-2 at the king power , he became the first Zambian to score in the premier league.
Zambian forward Patson Daka on Saturday became the first Zambian in football history to score in the English premier league when he opened his Leicester city deadlock against Manchester United.
The 24-year old Leicester city summer signing who has now scored 28 goals in 30 league appearances for both his former Club Red Bull Salzburg and Leicester city went in the history books as the first Zambian to ever find the back of the net in the English top flight league.
Daka scored the fourth goal in additional time from a Youri Tielesman free kick as he beat Manchester’s Harry Maguire to bake a soft tap-in behind the back of the net in the right corner after being introduced in the 77th minute as Leicester city thumped United 4-2 at the king power stadium.
He is only the firth player from his country to take part in the competition, after Neil Gregory (Ipswich Town), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton) Collins Mbesuma (Portsmouth) and Enock Mwepu who currently plays for Brighton Hove and Albion.
Other Zambians that featured for English clubs include Fred Mwila and Emenet Kapengwe who both played for Aston Villa in the lower division of English football for only a season.
The former Zambian super league side Kafue Celtics and power Dynamos player, has also made his team mates send him congratulatory messeges on his achievement with the notable one being Jarmie Vardy who is seen as his predecessor in the next coming seasons at the club.
The English red hot striker Vardy, took to his social media platforms to congratulate Daka who was signed as his long term successor and also told the press how he was “over the moon” for him.
“It’s brilliant for him (Daka) , he’s been working so hard in training and he knows that when he comes in , it’s about making an impact and you’ve seen what it meant for him with the celebration.”
-Jarmie Vardy on Daka’s debut premier league goal.
Vardy who also scored his seventh league goal yesterday to get tied with Mohammed Salah as league top scorer , confessed that he was over the moon for Daka.
“I am absolutely over the moon for him and there will be more that will come from Patson I am sure. “
According to Patson Daka, his goal was only a dream come true and he is looking forward to scoring more. He added that it was good for his confidence as he continues to adapt in the premier league.
The Zambian super league kicked off this weekend with ten matches played. However, the super league’s record winners Nkana football club lost their first league match at home to Nkwazi football club who beat them by three goals to two.
Nkwazi opened their score line in the 3rd and 7th minutes through Christopher Zulu and Nelson Mwila before Alex Bazo Ngo’nga pulled one back for Kalampa in the first half, sending the Zambia Police side in the lead at the break.
In the second half Nkana’s Ngo’nga scored again to complete his brace in the 71st minute to make it two all draw but it was in vain as Steven Matuma made it three for the Zambia police sponsored side to end the game 3-2.
It was a horrible debut for Zambian legendary goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene’s nephew Brandley Mweene who was newly singed by the Kitwe giants from Portugal as he conceded three goals in his first match for the club.
Nkana last season nearly got relegated from the Zambian top flight league and only survived on D-Day. However , it seems as though the Zambian giants will again be bullied in the super league this season.
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New Zambia national team interim coach Beston Chambeshi says he is ready to lead the Zambia national team in the forthcoming September world cup qualifiers.
Speaking to spring tv, Chambeshi said he is looking forward to the new challenge with the national team and that expectations from Zambians are high.
Chambeshi who is also the current Nkana FC coach was appointed by the football association of Zambia as interim coach and will be assisted by Numba Mumamba following the termination Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic’s contract who has since been re-appointed Ugandan Coach.
Chambeshi also told Spring Tv that he has no problem being national team coach as well as club coach at the same time and that Nkana will have to find someone to take charge of the club in his three months absence.
The quick silver as he is fondly known , led the Zambia u-20 to Afcon victory in 2017 and reached the quater finals of the juniour FIFA world cup.
However many have been wondering what his senior chipolopolo squad will look like especially that majority of the players he used to win the under 20 Africa cup are all doing fine with the clubs.
Some of the players that were part of Chambeshi’s U-20 squad have grown to be ZAMBIA’S super stars and dependable figures in the National team.
Patson Daka is one of the players that made Chambeshi’s U-20 afcon winning squad. The 23-year-old has now grown into a super star after impressing in the Austrian league were he emerged top scorer and got signed by English premier league side LEICESTER city.
Enock Mwepu is another student for Chambeshi who was also part of the 2017 squad that won the U-20 Afcon. Mwepu like Daka impressed in the Austrian league with Red bull Salzburg and he has now joined Brighton and Hove Albion fc. He is set to debut in the in the premier league this season .
Fashion Sakala was the star in Chambeshi’s U-20squad. He has grown to be a dependable figure in the Zambia national team.
Sakala impressed in the Belgian league last season with Kv Oostende and got scouted by Steven Gerrald who has since signed him and he is already up and running with Rangers FC.
Another key member in Chambeshi’s afcon U-20 winning squad Djurgårdens IF.
His partnership with Enock Mwepu in the Midfield was lethal and had their opponents wowed.
Edward Chilufya was another youngster that made headlines at the u-20 Afcon and world cup.
He is also playing for swedish club Djurgårdens IF as a winger, banging goals week in week out with reports indicating that French clubs are interested to sign him.
Chambeshi is this week set to announce his provisional squad for the world cup qualifiers set to kick off in September.