Harare – Zambia’s Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu, and Zimbabwe’s Tino Kadewere are the toast of Southern African football in Europe today.
Their exploits for their respective clubs in recent months have seen the trio being named in list of the Europe-based Top 25 upcoming players who come from lower-ranked national sides. The survey was conducted by Afrique Sports.
Daka and Mwepu play for Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, while Kadewere is on the books of French side Olympique Lyon.
Daka is seventh overall on the list, followed by Kadewere (12th). Burkina Faso star Edmond Tapsoba, who plies his trade with Germany giants Bayer Leverkusen, is rated the top African footballer on the list, and sits second overall behind only the talismanic Norwegian, Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Other African players on the list include Gambia’s Musa Barrow, and Togo’s Kevin Denkey.
On its website, Afrique Sport said of the players, “They try the best they can to make their nations appear on the world football map. Among this batch of players, 25 are destined to bring their countries to levels never before attained. This list is brimming with talent and promise.”
Daka has taken the Austrian Bundesliga by storm, where he is ably complemented by his countryman Mwepu. Kadewere is leading from the front in Lyon’s bid to win its first Ligue 1 league title in 13 years.
The duo of Daka and Mwepu will, however, not be at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year while Kadewere will grace the finals after helping Zimbabwe qualify.