Patson Daka

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Patson Daka
Daka with Red Bull Salzburg in 2019
Personal information
Full name Patson Daka[1]
Date of birth (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 25)
Place of birth Chingola, Zambia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Striker
Team information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 20
Youth career
2007–2014 Kafue Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Kafue Celtic
2014–2015Nchanga Rangers (loan)
2015–2016Power Dynamos (loan)
2017 Liefering 18 (4)
2017–2021 Red Bull Salzburg 82 (54)
2021– Leicester City 67 (16)
International career
2014–2015 Zambia U17 7 (7)
2015–2017 Zambia U20 13 (6)
2015– Zambia 46 (21)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Zambia
COSAFA U-20 Cup
Winner 2016 U-20 Team
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
Winner 2017 U-20 Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:13, 11 March 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14:37, 26 March 2024 (UTC)

Patson Daka (born 9 October 1998) is a Zambian professional footballer who plays for EFL Championship club Leicester City and the Zambia national team.

Daka's career trajectory began within the youth system, where he showcased his abilities playing for local club Kafue Celtic. Subsequently, he was sent on loan to Nchanga Rangers and Power Dynamos, where he was able to further hone his skills. In January 2017, Daka joined Red Bull Salzburg's reserve team Liefering in Austria, and was then made part of the first team in the following summer. He helped Salzburg win four Austrian Bundesliga titles and three Austrian Cups. In summer 2021, Daka joined Leicester City in the Premier League.

Daka made his senior international debut for Zambia in 2015 at the age of 16.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Daka began his youth career at Kafue Celtic, joining their under-12s, before moving on to the under-14s in 2007, and to the under-17s in 2010.[3]

In summer 2014, Daka was sent on a one-year loan to Nchanga Rangers in the Zambia Super League.[3] He was then loaned out to Power Dynamos in summer 2015.[4] Before that, he did some practice sessions with Lille but finally didn't sign with the French side.[5] At Dynamos, he ended the season as the club's top scorer with 12 goals.[3]

At the end of the 2016 season, he was awarded as the Zambia Super League Young Player of the Year.[6][7]

Liefering[edit]

Daka initially moved to Austria when he signed with Liefering on a half-season loan from Kafue Celtic.[8] It was during this time the Team finished 2nd position, goals- 58:49 and gaining a total of 60 points.

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

Daka signed with Red Bull Salzburg in 2017.[8][9] He helped the club win the UEFA Youth League, scoring two goals in two games.[10] On 27 November, Daka scored against Genk in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, becoming the first Zambian player to score in the competition's group stage.[11]

On 18 December 2019, Daka extended his contract with Salzburg until the summer of 2024.[12]

On 30 September 2020, he scored a brace in a 3–1 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the play-off round to qualify to the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League.[13] On 21 May 2021, Daka was named Austrian Bundesliga player of the season after registering 27 goals in 28 games, as the club won their fourth successive league title.[14][15]

Leicester City[edit]

Daka playing for Leicester City in 2021

On 30 June 2021, Daka signed for Premier League club Leicester City on a five-year contract,[16][15] for a reported fee of £23 million.[17] Daka made his debut for the club with an appearance off the bench in Leicester's 1–0 triumph over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on 7 August.[18] On 23 August, Daka made his Premier League debut as a substitute for Harvey Barnes in a 4–1 away defeat to West Ham United.[19]

On 16 October, he scored his first goal for Leicester City in a 4–2 win against Manchester United at King Power Stadium.[20] He followed this up on 20 October by scoring all four goals in a 4–3 win over Spartak Moscow in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League, becoming the first Leicester player to score 4 in a game since 1958.[21][22] On 25 November 2021, Daka became Leicester's all-time leading goalscorer in European competition by scoring in a 3–1 Europa League victory over Legia Warsaw.[23]

International career[edit]

Daka made his senior debut for Zambia in a 2–0 friendly victory over Malawi on 10 May 2015.[24] He was the 2017 CAF Young Player of the Year.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Daka's father, Nathtali Daka, was a former footballer who played as a winger for local club Kafue-based Nitrogen Stars.[26] Daka is married to Zambian sprinter Suwilanji Mpondela.[27] He is a devout Christian.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 March 2024[29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liefering (loan) 2016–17 Austrian First League 9 2 9 2
2017–18 Austrian First League 18 4 18 4
Total 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 6
Red Bull Salzburg 2017–18 Austrian Bundesliga 8 0 2 1 2[c] 0 12 1
2018–19 Austrian Bundesliga 15 3 3 1 8[d] 2 26 6
2019–20 Austrian Bundesliga 31 24 6 2 8[e] 1 45 27
2020–21 Austrian Bundesliga 28 27 6 5 8[f] 2 42 34
Total 82 54 17 9 0 0 26 5 0 0 125 68
Leicester City 2021–22[30] Premier League 23 5 1 0 3 0 10[g] 6 1[h] 0 38 11
2022–23[31] Premier League 30 4 3 0 3 0 36 4
2023–24[32] Championship 14 7 1 0 1 0 16 7
Total 67 16 5 0 7 0 10 6 1 0 90 22
Career total 176 76 22 9 7 0 36 11 1 0 241 96
  1. ^ Includes Austrian Cup, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Six appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ Six appearances and five goals in UEFA Europa League, four appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa Conference League
  8. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 26 March 2024[33]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Zambia 2015 5 0
2016 7 0
2017 3 2
2018 4 0
2019 4 1
2020 0 0
2021 6 5
2022 3 1
2023 8 9
2024 6 3
Total 46 21
Scores and results list Zambia's goal tally first.[33]
List of international goals scored by Patson Daka
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2017 Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium, Constantine, Algeria  Algeria 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 11 November 2017 Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia  Cameroon 1–0 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 19 November 2019 National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia  Zimbabwe 1–1 1–2 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 25 March 2021 National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia  Algeria 1–2 3–3 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5 3–3
6 29 March 2021 National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 1–0 2–0 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7 2–0
8 13 November 2021 National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia  Mauritania 1–0 4–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 3 June 2022 Stade de Yamoussoukro, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast  Ivory Coast 1–3 1–3 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10 26 March 2023 Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Lesotho 1–0 2–0 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 2–0
12 17 June 2023 Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia  Ivory Coast 2–0 3–0 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
13 9 September 2023 Stade Omnisports de Malouzini, Moroni, Comoros  Comoros 1–1 1–1 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
14 17 October 2023 Al Hamriya Sports Club Stadium, Al Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates  Uganda 1–0 3–0 Friendly
15 3–0
16 17 November 2023 Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia  Congo 1–0 4–2 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 4–2
18 21 November 2023 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Niger 1–2 1–2 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 9 January 2024 King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Cameroon 1–0 1–1 Friendly
20 21 January 2024 Laurent Pokou Stadium, San-Pédro, Ivory Coast  Tanzania 1–1 1–1 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
21 26 March 2024 Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe, Malawi  Malawi 2–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Daka holding the Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 2018

Red Bull Salzburg Youth

Red Bull Salzburg[35]

Leicester City

Zambia U20[35]

Individual

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