PATSON DAKA IS OFFICIALLY THE MOST EXPENSIVE ZAMBIA FOOTBALL PLAYER IN HISTORY AS LECEISTER CONFIRM SIGNING OF THE 23 YEAR OLD FROM RED BULL SALZBURG FOR 23 MILLION POUNDS.
Daka has signed a five-year deal at the King Power Stadium, which begins on July 1. Daka is widely seen as the long-term replacement to Jamie Vardy. Daka ended last season with 34 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for Salzburg.
Mwebantu understands that Brendan Rodgers Foxees have paid £23million for his services, beating the likes of Liverpool and West Ham to his signature. Daka scored 34 goals last season as Salzburg secured their fourth successive Austrian Bundesliga title. The Zambian also won the Austrian top flight’s player of the year award. Previous winners of the accolade include Erling Haaland and Naby Keita.
He told lcfc.com: “I’m so, so excited to join this great, historic club. It has been my dream and I’m so happy and looking forward to what’s coming next.
“I have followed Leicester from the time they won the league. I feel it is 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 this new challenge.
“I will give my best for the club each and every day, and I look forward to seeing the Leicester City fans inside the stadium soon.”
Zambians all over the world have expressed delight to see Daka join the Premier League as he works his way to becoming a world-class superstar. Daka becomes boss Brendan Rodgers’ first signing of the summer.
Barbra Banda powers Zambia to next round
THE Copper Queens are through to the final stage of the Olympic Games Qualifiers after a last minute strike from skipper Babra Banda earned them a 3-all draw against Ghana.
Carrying a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, all Zambia needed to do was to avoid defeat in the second leg but things looked to be going against them until Banda showed up at the last minute.
The game started on a positive note for Zambia when the team was put ahead by Banda in the 11th minute but the Ghanaians leveled the score through Gifty Assifuah in the 21th minute.
Tied at the break, Ghana took initiative in the second half, with Doris Boaduwaa beating Catherine Musonda in the 55th minute to hand the Black Queens the lead.
At this stage, Zambia were out of the tie, but they were handed a lifeline in the 61st minute through veteran striker Kabange Mupopo who beat an offside trap to finish off a pass from Rachael Nachula.
Ghana restored the lead in the 64th minute through Bugre Azumah.
With then game firmly in Ghana’s favour, Zambia were handed a free kick at the death.
Banda took the free kick and drove the ball past the wall and into the net to send the capacity crowd into a frenzy.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)
‘We need to be cautious,’ says Bruce Mwape
COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has said his team will not throw caution to the wind when they play Ghana today in the second leg of the Olympic Games qualifier.
Zambia host Ghana at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola for the Paris 2024 Olympics third round, second leg qualifier carrying a 1-0 lead.
All the Cipper Queens have to do is avoid defeat.
“We just need to be cautious because the game is not yet over until it is over. We still have 90 minutes, we played 90 minutes away in Ghana. So this other 90 minutes, we cannot say since we are leading we should relax. We will play according to our plan,” Mwape said.
He said Ghana are not a pushover.
“After the first game in Ghana, we had two days in which to prepare for the second leg. That two days the team has prepared well and is ready to meet Ghana in the second leg.”
Meanwhile skipper Barbra Banda said the team will count on home support.
“The fans should expect a good game. As you know women’s football has improved in our country and everyone is pushing hard and working extra hard. Everyone is wishing to be at the national team. The competition is very high. It’s good for us as a country at large,so the fans should expect a good game tomorrow,” Banda said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)
‘Ghana will come with full force,’ Kundananji warns
STRIKER Rachael Kundananji has warned that there is no need to underrate Ghana in the second leg of the Olympic Qualifier because the Black Queens will come with full force.
The Copper Queens will be looking to build on their 1 – 0 win over Ghana when the two teams meet in the second leg of the qualifiers at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday.
While she is bubbling with confidence, Kundananji said Ghana are a good team.
“We need to work on the mistakes we made in the first match. Ghana dominated in the last minutes we need to focus for 90 minutes because football is 90 minutes,” Kundananji said, “We need to win that match, we believe Ghana are coming with full force.”
She however said Zambia will win the game.
“Definitely, we are going to win we are going with full force. This one is ours we have to go [to the Olympics],” she said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 26th February, 2024)