Sunday, July 14, 2024

Grant set to maintain Patson Daka led frontline 

Leicester City forward Patson Daka is expected to continue as the Chipolopolo Boys main man upfront when they take on Uganda this evening. 

Daka led the attack on Thursday against Egypt and is again likely to be the target man upfront. 

The 2017 CAF young player of the year drew a blank for the first time in four games having scored in his previous three games for the National Team. 

He will be looking to return to the score sheet this evening against the East African side. 

Daka has been in fine form at National Team level despite struggling for game time at club level. 

The former Power Dynamos man scored five goals in the  2023 Côte D’Ivoire AFCON qualifiers for the 2012 AFCON winners. 

Only Nigeria and Napoli goal machine Victor Osihmen (10) managed to score more in the qualification round. 

He also scored 5 goals in the qualifiers  for the 2021 AFCON as he emerged as joint top scorer with Nigeria’s Victor Osihmen despite missing match day 3 and 4 due to injury.

The Leicester City forward has scored 10 goals in his last 10 AFCON qualifying games.

He has 13 goals for Zambia in total and will be eager to add to that tally. 

Daka is expected to be supported by Saudi Arabia based Fashion Sakala Jnr and skipper Lubambo Musonda on either side as Grant looks to maintain his front three. 

Sakala has scored 4 goals in the Saudi Pro League so far this season. 

Sakala was also the most lively Zambian forward in the draw against Egypt causing a lot of problems for Ali Gabr and the Pharaohs defence. 

Lubambo has also been doing well for Silkeborg in the Danish Superliga including providing an assist in their big win over Lyngby over the weekend. 

Grant could however call on Edward Chilufya who has been impressive for Hacken since his return to Sweden. Chilufya has scored three goals in the league so far. 

Evans Kangwa is also looking to start the match and has been in fine form for his Chinese Super League side.

Francisco Mwepu, and Wisdom Moyela Libamba are also available for selection.

Mwepu came off the bench to play the last few minutes in the game against Egypt. 

Kick off is set at 19h00 local time and  17h00 CAT at the Hamriya Stadium in Sharjah, Dubai

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