Daka continuing where he left off last season

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Patson Daka is probably the hottest U23 striker from the African continent at the moment.

The striker turned heads last season after scoring 24 goals and assisting another 6 in 31 appearances for Austrian Bundesliga side, RB Salzburg.

The 2017 CAF Young Player of The Year is continuing where he left off after scoring six goals in his first three games of the season. The Zambian smashed four goals past Bregenz in the Austrian Cup and another two goals against Wolfsberg and Altach in the two Bundesliga games played so far.

Alongside Malian winger Sekou Koita the African duo is unstoppable with Koita also having scored three goals and assisted four more in all competitions so far.

Just four years ago Daka was playing for his home town club in Zambia, Kafue Celtic, but now he is one of the best young strikers in Europe and at just 21 his star is still rising.

The journey into Europe started when Kafue Celtic loaned the striker to Austrian side Liefering before Salzburg signed him on a five-year-deal after his 2017 U-20 AFCON triumph with Zambia on home soil. Daka was named Player of the Tournament.

Salzburg loaned the youngster back to Liefering for the 2017/18 season where he scored 6 goals in 26 games warranting a recall to the Austrian giants.

Since making his debut for Salzburg the striker has scored 29 goals in just 59 appearances for the Austrian Champions winning the league tittle in his first three seasons in Salzburg.

The Zambian has also won the Austrian cup twice in the past three seasons including last season’s triumph which gave Salzburg the domestic double.

Salzburg managed to tie down all three of their African prospects with Daka, Mwepu and Koita all signing new and improved contracts in December 2019, which keeps them at the club until 2024.

The 2017 Zambian Sportsman of the Year last season became the first Zambian to score in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League when he netted against KRC Genk.

With the current transfer window still open it remains to be seen if the striker will stay with Salzburg this season, but he has definitely proved that wherever he plays scoring goals are not a problem.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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