Thursday Apr 27, 2017. 10:00
Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has praised U20 striker Patson Daka for raising the country’s profile on the international stage.
Daka made headlines this week after inspiring Austrian side, Red Bull Salzburg to victory in the UEFA Youth Cup final.
Salzburg defeated Portuguese side Benfica 2-1 in the final on April 23 in Switzerland in a match where the forward came off the bench in the 55th minute to score the equaliser.
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“He has given a so-called underdog team the UEFA Trophy which is also a plus for Zambia,” Nyirenda said to Lusaka Times website.
“He has lifted our flag so high, and I think he is still lifting it.”
Daka scored for his team in the 72nd minute before his teammate Alexander Schmidt scored the winner four minutes later to complete Salzburg’s dramatic comeback.
Three days earlier, the 2017 U20 AFCON winning striker scored in Salzburg’s 2-1 semifinal win over Spanish side Barcelona.
Daka is expected to lead the Zambia U20 charge at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup that South Korea will host from May 20 to June 11.
The U20 African champions are pitted in Group C alongside two times under-20 world champions Portugal, Iran and Costa Rica.
Their opening group match comes against Portugal on May 21, followed by a clash against Iran on May 24 before facing Costa Rica three days later.