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

Patson Daka
FC RB Salzburg versus CSKA Sofia (Testspiel 3. Juli 2019) 18.jpg
Daka with Red Bull Salzburg in 2019
Personal information
Full name Patson Daka[1]
Date of birth (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Kafue, Zambia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club 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) (12)
2017Liefering (loan) 9 (2)
2017 Liefering 18 (4)
2017–2021 Red Bull Salzburg 82 (54)
2021– Leicester City 29 (6)
National team
2014–2015 Zambia U17 7 (7)
2015–2017 Zambia U20 13 (6)
2015– Zambia 31 (9)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:05, 17 September 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 19:21, 7 June 2022 (UTC)

Coming through the youth system, Daka played for local club Kafue Celtic, who sent him on loan to Nchanga Rangers and Power Dynamos. In January 2017, Daka joined Red Bull Salzburg's reserve team Liefering in Austria, and was then made part of the first team in summer 2017. He helped Red Bull Salzburg win four Austrian Bundesliga titles and three Austrian Cups. In summer 2021, Daka joined Leicester City in the Premier League.

Daka represents Zambia internationally, making his senior debut in 2015 aged 16.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Daka began his youth career at hometown club 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] At Dynamos, he ended the season as the club's top scorer with 12 goals.[3]

LieferingEdit

Daka initially moved to Austria when he signed with Liefering on a half-season loan from Kafue Celtic.[5]

Red Bull SalzburgEdit

Daka signed with Red Bull Salzburg in 2017.[5][6] He helped the club win the UEFA Youth League, scoring two goals in two games.[7] 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.[8]

On 18 December 2019, Daka extended his contract with Salzburg until the summer of 2024.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12]

Leicester CityEdit

 
Daka playing for Leicester City in 2021

On 30 June 2021, Daka signed for Premier League club Leicester City on a five-year contract,[13][12] for a reported fee of £23 million.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

On 16 October, he scored his first goal for Leicester City in a 4–2 win against Manchester United at King Power Stadium.[17] 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.[18][19] 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.[20]

International careerEdit

Daka made his senior debut for Zambia in a 2–0 friendly victory over Malawi on 10 May 2015.[21] He was the 2017 CAF Young Player of the Year.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Daka's father, Nathtali Daka, was a former footballer who played as a winger for local club Kafue-based Nitrogen Stars.[23] He is a devout Christian.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 17 September 2022[25]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup 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[a] 0 12 1
2018–19 Austrian Bundesliga 15 3 3 1 8[b] 2 26 6
2019–20 Austrian Bundesliga 31 24 6 2 8[c] 1 45 27
2020–21 Austrian Bundesliga 28 27 6 5 8[d] 2 42 34
Total 82 54 17 9 0 0 26 5 0 0 125 68
Leicester City 2021–22[26] Premier League 23 5 1 0 3 0 10[e] 6 1[f] 0 38 11
2022–23[27] Premier League 6 1 0 0 1 0 7 1
Total 29 6 1 0 4 0 10 6 1 0 45 12
Career total 138 66 18 9 4 0 36 11 1 0 197 86
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Six appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Six appearances and five goals in UEFA Europa League, four appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa Conference League
  6. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

InternationalEdit

As of match played 7 June 2022[28]
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 5 5
2022 2 1
Total 31 9
Scores and results list Zambia's goal tally first.[28]
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
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

HonoursEdit

 
Daka holding the Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 2018

Red Bull Salzburg Youth

Red Bull Salzburg[30]

Leicester City

Zambia U20[30]

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Salzburg 3–1 M. Tel-Aviv". UEFA. 30 September 2020.
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  14. ^ "Patson Daka: Leicester City complete £23m transfer of Zambian striker from Red Bull Salzburg". SkySports. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho confidently despatched a late penalty as Leicester stunned Manchester City to claim the Community Shield at Wembley". BBC Sport. 7 August 2021. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  16. ^ Thomason, Ellie (23 August 2021). "West Ham United 4-1 Leicester City: Michail Antonio becomes Hammers' leading top-flight scorer". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
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  18. ^ Spartak Moskva vs Leicester City UEFA.com. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
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