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Sakala in Fashion in the Scottish Premiership

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Fashion Sakala

Zambian players are increasingly beginning to make their presence felt beyond African shores, with a number of the national team now based in prominent European leagues. Overall, the nation’s players seem to be displaying the type of strong upwards trend so beloved by Forex traders assessing sites such as those found at this eToro Review.

Defensive duo Frankie Musonda and Miguel Chaiwa are based at Ayr United in Scotland and Young Boys in Switzerland respectively; midfielders Kings Kangwa, Emmanuel Banda, and Edward Chilufya are plying their trade in Serbia, Sweden and Denmark, and the attacking talents of Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala are enjoying a good time of things at Leicester City in the Premier League, and Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

 

Sakala Lights Up Scotland’s Biggest Game

Of Zambia’s players currently strutting their stuff on foreign shores it was the 25-year-old Fashion Sakala who was hogging the sports news headlines over the weekend, courtesy of an electrifying display at Ibrox, as Rangers played host to bitter rivals Celtic in the “Old Firm” derby.

A Game The Blues Could Not Afford to Lose

Already 11 points behind Celtic in the battle for this season’s Scottish Premiership title, Rangers haven’t given up hope just yet, but could not afford to lose the latest edition of Scotland’s biggest game – and one of the most heated rivalries witnessed anywhere in world football.

That the Light Blues managed to come away with a point, and just about keep their title aspirations alive, was largely thanks to the exploits of the forward born in Chipata.

Sakala Skills Spark Comeback

Whilst Sakala didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet himself, he proved instrumental in both of the Ranger’s goals.

Rangers could scarcely have started more poorly, with a defensive error seeing Daizen Maeda fire Celtic ahead in just the fifth minute. Celtic held that lead until the break, but by the eighth minute of the second half, Sakala had helped turn the game on its head.

Two minutes after the interval Sakala expertly controlled a long punt from keeper Allan McGregor just inside the Celtic half, showing good strength to hold off his man, drawing three markers towards him as he advanced up the centre, and having the vision to find Ryan Kent all alone in the left of the area. Kent did the rest, burying his finish into the right-hand side, and Rangers were back in business.

Six minutes later, Sakala was at it again. Once more picking up possession close to halfway, he advanced towards goal, bursting between two defenders and cutting back close to the by-line, only to be sent tumbling by a misjudged Carl Starfelt tackle. Penalty kick Rangers. James Tavernier made no mistake, ramming home into the top left from the spot.

In the end, Rangers couldn’t quite hang on, with Kyogo Furuhasi levelling matters two minutes from time.

Plenty of Encouragement for Bears Fans

Disappointing as the ending was, there were plenty of positives to be drawn from this performance, not least the display of their flying Zambian on the wing.

Sakala’s enthusiasm and joyful approach to the game instantly endeared him to the Ibrox faithful, but he has faced criticism from some quarters due to a perceived lack of end product in relation to his undoubted talent. In truth, that is possibly a slightly unfair accusation to level at a man who has scored 12 times in 41 appearances – a perfectly respectable return for a player only rarely used through the middle.

Whatever the merits of Sakala’s displays to date, if there is one game in the season to turn on the style, it is undoubtedly the Rangers vs Celtic clash. As such, Sakala will no doubt be well on his way to establishing himself as a firm fan favourite following this performance.

Seeming set to get a longed-for consistent run of games under new boss Michael Beale, Sakala looks primed and ready for an excellent season in the blue shirt.

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