Wedson Nyirenda @ SS com
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Wada salutes Uefa winner Daka

Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda has hailed Uefa Youth championship winner Patson Daka after he scored a goal apiece in the semi and final of the coveted top European league.

Daka capped a fine season where he picked up an Africa Cup of Nations U-20 medal with a European prize where he twice came from the bench to add a goal.

He scored on Friday against Barcelona as his side Red bull Salzburg won 2-1 and also replicated his performance on Monday in the final against Benfica where his side lifted the trophy after winning by the same margin.

The red hot striker was named Player of the Tournament during the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations where he also netted four goals.

“He has given the so called underdog team in the European set up glory by winning the UEFA trophy, which is a plus to Zambia, he has lifted our flag so high and I think he is still lifting it,” said Nyirenda.

“He has done it at the Cosafa, he has done it at the AFCON and he is still about to it in the coming world cup.”

Zambia is in Group C alongside Portugal, Costa Rica and Iran.

Coach Beston Chambeshi will lead Zambia in the opening match against Portugal on May 21 before facing Iran three days later.

The final group fixture will be on May 29 against Costa Rica.

Top two teams in each group will automatically to the round of 16 with additional three places available for the third best placed sides at the 24-team tournament.

Zambia was last at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 in Canada where they made it to the second round under George Lwandamina.

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