Zambian star bags U20 UEFA Europa League trophy

Zambian star bags U20 UEFA Europa League trophy
Patson Daka of Zambia challenged by Tercious Malepe of South Africa during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations Zambia match between Zambia and South Africa at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 08 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017. 13:03

Zambian U20 star striker Patson Daka came off the bench and netted to help Austrian side Salzburg beat Benfica of Portugal 2-1 to win the 2017 UEFA Europa Youth League.

Daka made his second appearance in the competition, and the Zambian scored two goals in as many matches pushing his team to gold.

The forward also produced a stellar performance which saw him score the winner against Barcelona in the semifinal.

Benfica grabbed the lead through Jose Gomes' strike in the 29th minute and they held the lead through the break.

As they pushed for a goal, Salzburg introduced Daka in the 55th minute and the U20 World Cup bound striker did not disappoint as he netted in the 72nd minute.

The Austrian giants added their second goal four minutes later and held on to complete an amazing run in the competition.

Meanwhile, the 19-year-old has had an good run that has seen him win three gold medals in the past five months.

Daka led the Junior Chipolopolo side to the U20 COSAFA Championship in 2016 and also helped his team to their U20 Africa Cup of Nations glory in March this year at home.

Next month, he will be representing the Southern Africans at the FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.

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