CHIPOLOPOLO Striker Patson Daka has won the 2017 Young African Player of the year award.
An emotional Patson Daka has dedicated his award to late fellow player Changwe Kalale.
The former Kafue Celtic player, who now stars for Austrian side Redbull Salzburg, managed to beat two other colleagues to become the second Zambian player to win the prestigious award after Clifford Mulenga, who won it in 2007.
Daka, just like Alex Ngonga, has had ups and downs in the course of his career.
In the period between 2011 and 2013, Daka, became a subject of many soccer fans, including Sports analysts, when he experienced the worst goal droughts of his career.
But the Chipolopolo youngster did not give up, instead he picked up the pieces and horned his career with Power Dynamos and contributed heavily to the success of the club.
In 2017, the 20 year old, was instrumental in helping the Zambia Under 20 team to winning a double–Cosafa and the Africa Cup title.
Daka, was again a marvel to watch at the Korea World Cup in which the Zambian boys run wildly to beat the likes of Germany and Portugal.
Daka, further won the UEFA Youth league with his Redbull Salzburg, in which he contributed a goal in the final.
In the World Cup qualifiers, Papa, as his fondly known, was a thorn in Algeria’s fresh, when he punished them at their own back yard after scoring from an Augustine Mulenga effort.
The stone that the builders rejected is now Africa’s best.