English premier club Leicester city football have officially announced Patson Daka as their new signing.
The 22-year old will join the foxes on 1 July subject to premier league clearances.
He scored 27 goals in 28 appearances last season in the Austrian bundesliga for Redbull Salzburg where he was named player of the season.
Daka has also become the Redbull Salzburg and Austrian bundesliga record departure in football history after completing a €23m worth move to the foxes.
However due to the experience Zambian fans have had in the past with their players in the English premier league, the religious fans have taken to social media to pray for the youngster.
“Dear God of Eto’o, Drogba, Aubamenyang and all the greatest African players , please be with Patson Daka.”
Patson Kawewe on Facebook.
“We trust you, we believe in you Patson Daka , the whole nation of Zambia is behind you and we are praying for you to succeed.”
James mate wrote on African football greats Facebook page.
“Dear God of Didier Drogba and all the great players please be with our Daka”
Kel Uze wrote on African football greats Facebook page.
Unlike other countries Zambia has not had a player in the premier league that has ever succeeded with the recent ones being former African cup of nations champion and golden boot winner EMMANUEL MAYUKA who didn’t finish a season at Southampton.
Another Zambian to grace the premier league was Collins Mbesuma who joined Portsmouth but didn’t play more than five(5)games for the club and had his contract terminated.
Zambian fans who are now declaring their newly found love for a European club , Leicester city , will hope that their star man succeeds in the English premier league as the player confidently said he is excited to move to the king power stadium and ready for the new challenge.
“I feel it’s the perfect place for me, because it’s a team that fights for titles. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I feel ready to face the new challenge.
Kenyan international Jackson Jesse Were is going down in the Zambian champions Zesco United’s club records as a club legend.
Jesse this season became the first foreign player to score a 100 career goals for a Zambian club in football history.
The player went on to finish the 2020/21 season as Zesco United’s top scorer with 10 goals in less than 20 appearances this season.
He fired in 4 goals for the Zambian Champion’s final league match against Buildcon which ended 7-2 with the Kenyan walking away with the man of match award.
However, despite proving to be a key player for Zesco united and one of the best in the number seven ranked league in Africa, the 32-year old striker has not been called up to the Kenyan national team since 2019.
He last featured for the Harambe stars in the 2019 Africa cup of nations qualifiers where he did not make the final squad for the Afcon tournament.
Jesse has played nine(9) matches for Kenya, all starting from the bench and has not scored for the Harambe stars.
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The 22-year-old Zambian striker who is expected to complete his transfer to the King Power Stadium in the ‘next few days’ with just the final few details needing to be sorted could get his favourite squad number at Leicester city.
Daka who finished the season with 27 goals in 28 Austrian Bundesliga games has always donned jersey number 20 in all his three seasons at Redbull Salzburg and his national team.
That is the squad number currently worn by academy graduate Hamza Choudury at Leicester City. However, the midfielder has been linked with a move away from the club this summer.
He came close to joining Newcastle United on a temporary deal in January, only for the deal to fall through on deadline day with City not being able to bring in a replacement.
But with Leicester also closing in on a move for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, that could mean that City may be willing to listen to offers for Choudhury.
Newcastle United have been tipped to revive their interest in the summer.
Should Choudury leave the club, either on a permanent of loan basis, that will free up squad number 20 for Daka to take in his first season at the King Power Stadium.
Before Choudhury, the number was previously worn by fan favourite Shinji Okazaki before he left the club at the end of his contract in 2019.
Cameroonian goalkeeper André Onana’s doping case appeal still pending and could affect his move to Arsenal as UEFA’s 12-month suspension ruling stands.
Onana was supsended for 12 months starting on February 4 this year after he was found guilty of doping.
The Ajax shot stopper appealed to CAS to remove the Sentence or at least reduce it and allow him to train with his teammates as he justified that he had accidentally taken a pill meant for his wife.
CAS is expected to hear his appeal case this month but UEFA’s stance has not changed, they want the sentence to stand.
However, his move to Arsenal fc now depends on CAS’s response to his appeal to have his sentence removed or reduced.
The English club wants to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.
Onana was banned from taking part in all football activities which includes training with fellow team mates and he will not be able to participate in the upcoming Africa cup of nations next year hosted by his home country if the suspension is not dropped or reduced.
South African and Al Ahly SC coach Pitso Mosimane was today insulted by fans of his former club Mamelodi Sundowns after he qualified to the semi finals of the CAF champions league ahead of them with a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.
Pitso’s Al ahly beat Sundowns 2-0 at home and drew 1-1 today in the second leg to secure a slot in the semi finals as they seek to win their 10th champions league title.
However after the match ended, a crowd of Mamelodi Sundowns fans carried placards written on them insults directed to their former coach.
The fans while displaying the placards towards the Al Ahly bus, they were heard cursing their former coach and called him all sorts of unpalatable names.
During the post match press conference , pitso wept and said he wonders what he could have done to earn respect from Mamelodi Sundowns despite everything he did for the club.
“I saw the placards outside and they stop the bus and all these people swearing at me, swearing at my mother. I said to myself, what else I should have done for this team to get the respect?
He said he knows the person behind everything and accused them of being bitter because he left Sundowns.
“But it’s football I understand and I know the person who did that. And I know the person who is behind that. Just bitter because I left, I had to move on with my life, there’s more, I don’t want to talk, the things that I’ve received before my match from South Africa, if I show you my phone, correspondence I’ve received, emails I’ve received, they just don’t let me go.” – an emotionally charged Pitso said.
Zambian rapid striker Fashion sakala scored a brace for Kv Oostende in his last home match at the club as he will be moving to Steven Gerrald’s Glasgow Rangers fc at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old Sakala scored his 16th goal of the season through a first half brace in a 2-2 draw with Kv Mechelen in the Belgian league, a thing which has excited Rangers fans who took to social media to shower the striker with praises.
Below are some of the comments by Rangers fans on Twitter monitored by A.F.G :
Fashion Sakala signed a four years pre-contract with Glasgow Rangers fc and he will be joining the Scottish club at the end of this season.
His new coach and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard described him as a talented player with so much skill and pace which he will need in his team as they prepare for the Uefa champions league next season.
A picture showing the Zambia football association-FAZ officials donned in a new Zambia national team KoPa jersey has caused a social media buzz.
The new jersey that has a touch of what looks like a depiction of the Zambian tradition fabric called ‘chitenge’ has received mixed reactions with many fans asking the FA if it’s the new 2021/22 jersey for the Zambia national teams.
The jersey has the Zambian flag on the middle of the collar and African fabric-like short sleeves.
The Zambian FA is among the very few FAs in Africa that dresses it’s own national teams with their locally owned brand called KoPa.
However, the leaked Jersey has caused a buzz on social media as questions have continued to rise as to whether it’s the new kit for the national teams or not.
Some have described it as a beautiful jersey that has recognized the Zambian traditional attires and brings out the national flag colours.
Another country that has adopted the addition of african fabric-like colours on their national team jersey is Ghana which recently released their 2020/21 season kit by puma.
The new Ghanian kits are steeped in tradition and engineered for sport inspired by the Ghanaian culture, a thing which the Zambian FA seem to have emulated in their leaked new kits.
The football association of Zambia-FAZ has rubbished reports that the Zambia national team coach , Milutin Sredojevic ‘MICHO’ has gone to Europe in search of players with Zambian roots.
The FA’s communication manager Sydney Mugala confirmed to African football Greats that it’s not true that the national team coach has travelled to Europe to monitor and woo players with Zambian origins.
“That’s not correct. The coach is around. Part of his duty is to track and scout players but he does not need to travel. It’s not true the coach is around.” He said.
Yesterday, a Zambian publication , Zamfoot, reported that Micho has gone to Europe to search for players with Zambian roots.
Earlier last month, the FA announced that they will embark on a program to assess and invite european born players that are willing to play for the Chipolopolo.