Africa Soccer ZAMBIA : Patson Daka reflects on ‘too physical’ debut for Leicester

Zambian striker Patson Daka has spoken about his experience of playing for Leicester City in the pre-season’s opener on Saturday afternoon in a goalless draw against Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium.

Daka, who signed for the Foxes from Red Bull Salzburg in Austria a few weeks ago, played for the opening 45 minutes alongside fellow African, Tawanda Maswanhise from Zimbabwe in attack.

Speaking to Leicester Television in a post-match interview, Daka said he was thrilled playing in front of Leicester fans, but admitted that the game was very physical.

It was really a physical game. I think we tried to cope with the physicality. We did our very best that we could. Like I said, it’s the first game of pre-season,” the Zambian said.

“So, we still have a lot of time to work on the areas that we have to work on. I’m sure that in the next game we will do even much better.

“Every match for me is really important because it’s a different challenge every day, and you learn different things in each and every game.”

Daka made his debut alongside fellow new recruits Ryan Bertrand and Boubakary Soumaré.

Maswanhise, too, impressed in the game playing from the wings having earned promotion from the youth ranks. 

In the second-half, Leicester Manager Brendan Rodgers featured a completely changed starting XI that included striker-in-chief Jamie Vardy and Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho.

Next, Leicester face Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday then Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, before hosting Villarreal four days later.

Leicester squads:

First-half XI (4-2-3-1): Jakupovic; Ricardo, Fofana, Soyuncu, Bertrand; Choudhury, Soumare; Ghezzal, Maddison, Maswanhise; Daka

Subs: Iversen, Daley-Campbell, Amartey, Benkovic, Thomas, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Leshabela, Suengchitthawon, Sowah, Iheanacho, Vardy.

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