Kamanga, Patson Daka in Ghana for CAF Awards
Chipolopolo striker Patson Daka has arrived in Accra, Ghana ahead of tonight’s CAF Awards.
Daka was on the same flight from Lusaka with FAZ President Andrew Kamanga.
The 19 year old is up against midfielder Krepin Diatta of Senegal and Salam Giddou of Mali for the Youth Player of the Year.
Should Daka win the award then he will join Clifford Mulenga, who won it in 2007.
Kalusha Bwalya remains the only player from Southern Africa to claim the African Player of the Year award. Great Kalu won it in 1988.
The Austrian based striker helped Zambia Under-20 to the CAF U20 AFCON glory of home soil and was named player of the tournament.
The former Kafue Celtic ace then helped the young guns reach the quarter finals at the FIFA World Youth Championship.
After those stellar performances at youth level, Daka returned to the national team fold and was part of a resurgent Chipolopolo side that stunned Algeria with back to back wins in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
He ended the campaign with 2 goals in 3 appearances in the qualifiers.
Together with Brian Mwila, the teenage assassin is considered as an integral part of the Chipolopolo set and seen by many as main strikers.
At club level, immediately after the Under-20 triumph, Daka scored the winning goal in the Lifering’s 2-1 victory over Benfica in the UEFA Youth Cup final.
For the 2017/18 season has seen the Kafue native make the jump from Lifering which is a feeder club to the main team Red Bull Salzburg and featured in the Austrian Super league and Europa league.
The Awards Gala that will see the decoration of players, officials and administrators for their achievement in 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, 4 January 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Below are the top three (Nominees are listed in alphabetical order);
African Player of the Year
• Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund)
• Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
Women’s Player of the Year
• Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian)
• Chrestina Kgatlana (South Africa & UWC Ladies)
• Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene(Cameroon & CSKA Moscow)
Youth Player of the Year
• Krepin Diatta (Senegal & Sarpsborg)
• Patson Daka (Zambia & Liefering)
• Salam Giddou (Mali & Guidars)
Coach of the Year
• Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
• Hector Cuper (Egypt)
• L’Hussein Amoutta (Wydad Athletic Club)
Club of the Year
• Al Ahly
• TP Mazembe
• Wydad Athletic Club
National Team of the Year
Women’s National Team of the Year
• Ghana U-20
• Nigeria U-20
• South Africa
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