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Dakkada superkid Daniel Daga thrilled to score on NPFL debut

By Ejimafor Itumo

Sports Recorder



Nigeria youth sensation Daniel Daga was thrilled to score on Dakkada debut in the Nigeria Premier Football League on Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Bayelsa United.

He became one of the club’s youngest debutant to score a goal after arriving from division two side, FC One Rocket during the transfer window.


The young energetic midfielder played a crucial part in Dakkada’s narrow draw away from home, and while operating in the heart of one of Umar Danladi’s set-up, Daga stunned the hosts supporters, showing class and leadership in the centre of the pitch.

In a tie that seemed bereft of skill and urgency, Daniel Daga was the player who kept things ticking, playing admirably against a strong Bayelsa midfield. His quality and calmness on the ball was key to Dakkada staying in the game, scoring a 98th minute equalizer and eventually holding on for the 1 point.

“I am very delighted to have scored today on my first game in the Nigeria topflight division, but also disappointed that we only got a draw,” he told Lodgexpress official website after the 1-1 result.

“I was really focused on helping the team get the equalizer. My approach is generally attacking, to try and invent something, so that’s what I did out there.

“The boss instructed me to play it simple, focus on the final ball. Then I heed to the instructions and I scored. My role has always been mezzala, but I can also play as a traditional Number 8.

“Danladi is a top coach, he is really brilliant in executing his tactics and I am trying to learn everything I can from him.

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