It is a New Beginning-Daka
Chipolopolo striker Patson Daka says expectations are very high not only from fans but players to deliver in national colours during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that kick-off on Friday.
Speaking to the FAZ media in Marrakech where he has joined the Chipolopolo camp, Daka who is on the books of English top side Leicester said the world cup race is a new dawn.
“I know that a lot has to be done; a lot is expected from myself, so I really know the reason why I am here. I am happy that I am able now to meet with my teammates,” he said.
“I know that the expectations are so high not only from the fans back home but also from ourselves as a team because we know what is at stake.’
Daka said the team will have to be focussed in Nouakchott on Friday to get a good start.
“I think this is a new beginning. It is a new challenge that we are starting and so we just must put behind us all the misfortunates that we have had like missing the AFCON,” he said.
“And this is a new journey that we have started on we have to concentrate on it we have to work together as a team. This is a team sport; we have to support each other every person is important in this team, and we have to appreciate what each person brings to the table because no one can do anything by themselves.”
He said, “To have a great start is what everyone is looking forward to and it’s going to be encouraging also to have a better start going into the next games.
So, we just have to make sure we give our very best and get a positive result that everyone is looking forward to.”
Daka thanked fans for their support across all seasons.
“Thanks so much to the fans who have continued to be so dedicated to the national team supporting us through thick and thin. It hasn’t been an easy road not only for us but also for the nation,” he said.
“The fans leave what they are doing just to support us to make sure we have the moral support that we want, and we will just continue to give our best.”
“It is not that we go out there wanting to lose but we always give our best to make sure that at the end of the day we give them a smile for the support that they have given us.”
Zambia is in Marrakech ahead of Friday’s Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Mauritania.
The Chipolopolo host Tunisia on September 7, 2021 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.