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What's new in 2021/22: Zambia can join scoring nations

7 Aug 2021
Daka Mwepu

Patson Daka or Enock Mwepu could become first Zambians to net in the Premier League

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There may be no new nationalities to appear in 2021/22 yet, but Patson Daka or Enock Mwepu have the chance to become Zambia's first Premier League goalscorer.

Striker Daka and midfielder Mwepu moved from RB Salzburg to Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively this summer and will become the fourth and fifth players from their country to feature in the competition.

The previous three Zambians to appear in the Premier League, Neil Gregory (Ipswich Town), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton) and Collins Mbesuma (Portsmouth), were unable to find the net.

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Daka was the top scorer in Austria's top flight last season, scoring 27 goals in 28 league matches.

The pair will hope to emulate fellow African stars such as Efan Ekoku (Nigeria), Tony Yeboah (Ghana), Frederic Kanoute (Mali) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), who also scored the first PL goal for their countries.

Overall, across all continents, Daka or Mwepu can make Zambia the 104th different country to boast a Premier League goalscorer.

Daka and Mwepu will hope to be involved for their new clubs when Leicester host Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening fixture while Brighton travel to Burnley on Saturday 14 August.

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