The tweet is not accurate as Daka is from Kafue town in Zambia, and not Kenya.
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A tweet claiming that Leicester City football player Patson Daka has roots in Kenya is SATIRICAL.
“Patson Daka becomes the first Kenyan to score four goals in a Europa League game,” the tweet reads.
However, the tweet is not accurate as Daka is from Kafue town in Zambia and not Kenya. The tweet appears to be football banter as comments on the tweet show users joking about Daka being a class ahead of them in Nairobi School, a high school in Kenya. Others also joke that there is a district or county called Zambia in Kenya where Daka allegedly hails from.
Daka signed a five-year contract with Leicester City on 1 July 2021 for approximately £22 million ($26 million).
On Wednesday, 20 October 2021, the 23-year-old scored four goals for Leicester City to upstage Spartak Moscow in a UEFA Europa League match. The match ended 4–3 in favour of Leceister. The scoreline made Daka the first Zambian player to score a haul in a major European competition.
Similarly, Daka had a successful career at his previous team — Red Bull Salzburg — where he made 42 appearances and scored 32 goals and was named the Austrian Bundesliga’s player of the season.
The Zambian footballer was also named the Confederation of African Football’s Young Player of the Year in 2017 for scoring seven goals for his country.
Daka kicked off his football career at six years old at Nchanga Rangers in 2004. He left the football club 10 years later to join Kafue Celtic’s junior team. He got noticed in 2015 when he helped his country qualify for the African Under-17 Championships for the first time by scoring five goals in four matches against Botswana and Uganda.
His breakthrough came when he turned 17 and was signed to Liefering, Red Bull Salzburg’s reserve team, where he built a name for himself to the point of being noticed by England’s Leicester City.
Given Daka’s Zambian background, and the mockery comments from other Kenyans on the tweet thread, it is apparent that the tweet we are fact-checking was meant to be football banter and should not be taken seriously.
PesaCheck has looked into a tweet claiming that Leicester City football player Patson Daka has roots in Kenya and finds it to be SATIRICAL.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.
This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Naomi Wanjiku and edited by PesaCheck chief copy editor Rose Lukalo. The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Enock Nyariki.
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