He stated that he was going to bed with his matchball, but Fashion Sakala appears to have wakened today with the world at his feet.
The 24-year old Zambian international finds hmself firmly in the spotlight after his scoring exploits in North Lanarkshire yesterday, which earned him a very special message from the Zambian president.
Hakainde Hichilema shared his own happiness at Sakala’s explosive display yesterday, as he and his entourage were settling in to Glasgow for the COP26 conference.
On his Twitter account, he stated:
— Hakainde Hichilema (@HHichilema) October 31, 2021
Not that it was needed, but this greeting will be another boost for Sakala as his popularity grows, both at Ibrox as well as in his native land.
The decision from Steven Gerrard to go for a different approach against Motherwell paid major dividends, especially in terms of handing a start to his Zambian attacker.
Aside from the three goals, he was instrumental in other aspects of the game – his pace and directness was too much for Stephen O’Donnell, leading to an early yellow card which turned red later on. He was a livewire in the box in the first half, prior to the Gers late double and generally he showed enough quality to dispel any doubts that he isn’t up to the task.
Further improvement and consistency with now be the aim for Sakala, with his hard won foothold in the team.
Patience and realistic expectations will also be required, but an exciting reality is that the varied nature of his play means that he is very unpredictable for opposing defenders.
A bullet header, inside-cut and shot as well as a poacher’s finishmade up the goal treble on the day that the Scottish champios finally clicked.