Daka’s Goal Record: A Prolific Comparison with Chipolopolo Legends

Daka’s Goal Record: A Prolific Comparison with Chipolopolo Legends

Patson Daka has recently cemented his position among Zambia’s top all-time goal scorers, courtesy of his impressive performances against Congo Brazzaville and Niger.
The Leicester City striker secured a brace in a 4-2 victory over Congo Brazzaville and added a consolation goal in Zambia’s surprising 2-1 defeat to Niger during the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Daka’s goal in Marrakech marked his 18th in 40 appearances for the national team, propelling him to the ninth spot in the list of all-time top scorers for the Chipolopolo.
Topping this prestigious list is Godfrey Chitalu, Africa’s most prolific international goal scorer, who amassed an incredible 79 goals in just 111 caps. Chitalu is followed by Alex Chola and Kalusha Bwalya, who scored 43 and 39 goals, respectively.

At 25 years old, Daka has set his sights on ascending to the summit of this list, though the formidable record set by Chitalu poses a significant challenge.
Nevertheless, Daka’s current goal-scoring record, boasting a ratio of 0.45 goals per game, aligns him closely with the efficiency of Kalusha Bwalya, and surpasses the ratios of other Chipolopolo legends such as Bernard Chanda, Alex Chola, Collins Mbesuma, and Christopher Katongo.

In comparison to the top 10 scorers, only Godfrey Chitalu’s remarkable 0.71 goals-per-game ratio surpasses Daka’s efficiency.
The striker’s consistent goal-scoring suggests that, if he maintains this form, he could secure the second position on the list by the time he reaches 100 appearances for the Chipolopolo.
Considering Daka’s age and unrealized peak potential, breaking Chitalu’s formidable record of 79 international goals does not seem out of reach.

It’s worth noting that Chitalu not only holds the top spot among Zambia’s all-time goal scorers but also stands as Africa’s leading goal scorer in national team competitions, leaving an enduring legacy that Daka aspires to challenge and potentially surpass in the years to come.

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