Patson Daka has dedicated his 2017 CAF Young Player of the Year to his late Zambia Under-17 teammate Changwe Chalale.
Patson and Kalale were part of the first Zambian team to qualify for the CAF U17 Cup although the latter did not go to the 2015 Niger finals after he was left paralyzed following a road traffic accident in December 2014.
Kalale died last December 17 on his birthday following a short illness in Lusaka.
“I want to take this opportunity to dedicate this award to my late friend and Brother Changwe Kalale and the people of Zambia and my club RB Salzburg and everyone who has supported me to achieve this award,” Patson said.
“And to my fellow young players I want to encourage you that this is the beginning of better things to come.
“Let us change the face of African football for we are the future of African football.”
Patson becomes the second Zambian player to win the accolade after Clifford Mulenga did so in 2007.
He beat off competition for the award from Krepin Diatta of Senegal and Salam Giddou from Mali.