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Europa debut excites Daka, Mayuka training with Arrows

PATSON Daka

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola and ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
ZAMBIAN striker Patson Daka is delighted to have made his debut for Red Bull Salzburg main team in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League win over Viitorul of Romania.

Red Bull Salzburg won 4-0 to advance to the group stage of Europe’s second-tier competition via a 7-1 aggregate score line.
“Thank you God for my debut with Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League, first game and first win. I played my part in the second-half but didn’t score but I must say it was a great honour,” Daka posted on his Instagram account.
Daka has been in sensational form for FC Liefering, which is Red Bull Salzburg’s feeder club and campaigns in the second-tier of the Austrian League.
His goal-scoring form prompted German coach Marco Rose to draft him into the main team for the Europa second leg at Red Bull Arena.
The Kafue Celtic product was introduced in the 56th minute for Norwegian Fredrik Gulbrandsen with the score at 3-0 and helped his team find the fourth goal.
Striker Munas Dabbur, Valon Berisha, Haidara Amadou and Gulbrandsen contributed a goal apiece.
Daka becomes the second Chipolopolo player to feature in this year’s Europa League after midfielder Emmanuel Banda made his debut for Belgian side KV Oostende.
Daka’s compatriot, Enock Mwepu, who is also his team-mate, is yet to make his Europa League debut.
Daka and Mwepu have been called for the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier match against Algeria set for next Saturday in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, striker Emmanuel Mayuka is training with Super Division side Red Arrows.
Mayuka is without a club after Egyptian side Zamalek released him.
“I can confirm that Emmanuel Mayuka is training with us [Red Arrows] to keep himself active,” Arrows coach Honour Janza said in an interview yesterday.
He is humbled that the 2012 Africa Cup winner is training with the airmen.
“I cannot talk about Mayuka’s future in terms of which club he is joining; that is between him and his agent as you may know he is a professional,” Janza said.
He, however, said he is ready to work with the former Kabwe Warriors striker.
Mayuka was part of the Chipolopolo squad drilled by Janza at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, where Zambia were knocked out in the group stage.
“Who would not want to sign such an incredible player? Emmanuel Mayuka is a good player. I am happy with his attitude by keeping himself active, others would have stayed away,” Janza said.
Mayuka had stints with Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, Swiss side Young Boys, Southampton of England, French side Sochaux, another French side Metz and Zamalek.
Janza also said it is not the first time that foreign-based players are training with Arrows.
“Justin Zulu and Lubambo Musonda have also trained with us. This is very good. It is inspiring to all of us to see our ‘sons’ when they are in the country keeping themselves busy,” he said.
Lubambo turns out for Armenian side Gandzasar while Zulu is on the books of Young Africans of Tanzania.

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