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PATSON DAKA FLYING THE ZAMBIAN FLAG HIGH

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“HE is very good on the ball, but he’s physically good as well. Patson [Daka] never gives defenders a rest. He’s always threatening behind. He wants to run, he wants to move, and he really contributed well.”

This is what Brendan Rodgers said about Daka, his latest buy from Austrian side RB Salzburg.

In truth, as Saturday’s community shield between English Champions Manchester City and FA Cup winners Leicester City was about to kick off, many Zambians were already glued to their phones and screens, hoping to see the name of Daka in the starting eleven.

When the lineup came up and there was no Daka on it, the anxiety then moved on to when he was to be introduced in the game. Well, the time for him to shine in a competitive match for the foxes eventually came in the last twenty minutes of the game.

He may not have scored in the match but his lightning speed was too much for City defenders Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake to handle and he almost scored after racing onto the rebound to power the ball at goal before the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho sealed City’s fate from the penalty spot – giving Daka his first silverware in his first competitive match for the foxes.

Wrapped in a Zambian flag at the final whistle, Daka joined the likes of Kalusha Bwalya to become one of Zambia’s most decorated players.

The performance of Daka did not only impress Rodgers but also Zambia President Edgar Lungu, who took to his social media pages to praise the player and termed his celebration with the country’s flag at the final whistle as “a true show of patriotism.”

“Happy to see our own Patson [Daka]’s club, Leicester City, beat Manchester City to win the FA Community Shield,” Lungu wrote. “Most of all, our flag adorning your shoulders as you celebrated your team’s victory was a true show of patriotism.

“Congratulations Patson and keep it up.”

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