Saturday Jul 31, 2021. 10:00
Patson Daka’s first coach, Chris Kaunda, says the new Leicester City attacker will become a huge star and is set to be sought after by bigger clubs in the future.
Zambian Daka, 22, has been signed for £22million by the Foxes from Red Bull Salzburg, where he scored 61 goals across all competitions in the past two seasons.
Kaunda, who discovered Daka as a child and was his football mentor back in Zambia, always knew the players was going to be something special.
“I was the director of the Airtel Rising Stars programme that was supposed to find talented kids across the country,” Kaunda told BBC Sport.
“We visited all 10 provinces of Zambia in 2012, watched a lot of children and eventually chose 60 young footballers. Patson was the best of them.
“I immediately noticed that he was special. Patson was speedy, powerful, good in the air and could shoot with both feet, even though his right was clearly stronger. He was the most dangerous striker by a distance.
“What makes Patson so special is that he is a quick learner because he is a great listener. He wants to improve all the time and takes notice of all the instructions coaches give him. He is a quiet and modest guy who grew up with his mother. His father died when he was little.
“Patson is charismatic. He has leadership qualities and knows how to organise things. That is why I chose him as my captain for the under-17 national team.”
Kaunda added: “Patson just scored everywhere. We went to a tournament in Italy and he netted twice against Brazil, twice against Japan and scored a hat-trick against the United States.
“We won several trophies with him and he hated losing. Once, when we lost in a final on penalties, he started crying. His fighting spirit is fantastic.
“I expected him to become a big star – and Leicester City are just a step on his way up. Remember my words – bigger clubs are going to sign him.”
Daka will hope to make his official debut for Leicester when they face Manchester City in the FA Community Shield clash next Saturday, August 7.