Harare – The football gods continue to smile on Zambian sensation Patson Daka, who finds himself amongst the most prolific Under-23 soccer stars plying their trade in Europe.
The Red Bull Salzburg forward has banged in 24 goals in 23 matches this season, to sit behind only Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in the rankings of young attackers.
The 22-year-old Daka is now amongst the most sought-after forwards in Europe, with reports indicating the likes of German giants Bayern Munich are interested in the Austria-based player.
Daka is under the management of 12 Management, whose owner Fredric Kanoute believes the Zambian should leave Austria at the end this season for a bigger team.
“I think it’s time for him to take on a new challenge at the end of the season. He really exploded this season. He is improving almost daily,” said Kanoute to Sky Sports Austria.
Apart from Bayern Munich, other bog clubs keeping an eye on Daka are Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham United.
Should Daka go to the cash-rich English Premier League clubs, he will have followed in the footsteps of fellow African stars Sadio Mané and Naby Keïta.
“They inspire me in so many ways in their personality, their professionalism and seeing also that they come from Africa – where I come from – it’s a motivation to know that if they can make it, I can also make it,” said Daka.
Meanwhile, there are high expectations that the prestigious Prix Marc-Vivien Foé award will finally come to Southern Africa.
Since inception in 2009, the prize has been captured by North and West African footballers. It is awarded to African national team players who play club football in France, and it was created to honour Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foé.
Foé succumbed to cardiac arrest at age 28 at the Stade de Gerland Stadium in Lyon while representing his country in a FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final match against Colombia in 2003.
Mozambique’s Reinildo Mandava, who plays for Ligue 1 title chasing Lille, and Zimbabwe’s Tino Kadewere, who represents another French top tier side, Lyon, are in the mix for the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé this year.
The pair are among 11 nominees, and that list will be pared down to three this weekend.
Mandava has been a pillar for Lille, with the left-back starting 25 games this season and making match-saving tackles and interceptions, while weighing in with a single assist. Kadewere is riding on the crest of a wave in his debut season at Lyon, having scored 10 goals and provided three assists in 31 appearances.
The 25-year old Zimbabwean said, “What an honour it is to be shortlisted for the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé best African player in Ligue 1.”
The duo are up against the likes of Karl Toko-Ekambi (Cameroon/Lyon), Nayef Aguerd (Morocco/Stade Rennais), Farid Boulaya (Algeria/FC Metz), Andy Delort (Algeria/Montpellier Hérault Sport Club), Boulaye Dia (Senegal/Stade de Reims), Seko Fofana (Cote d’Ivoire/Racing Club de Lens),Idrissa Gueye (Senegal/PSG) and Alexandre Oukidja (Algeria/FC Metz).