Joseph Sabobo Banda
Date of birth: 16/12/2005 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Zambia
Youth career: Atletico Lusaka
Current club: Red Arrows
Squad number: —
Current national team: Zambia U-17
Position: winger, second striker, striker
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2021 COSAFA Under-17 Championship (5/5)
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Raheem Sterling/Kamaldeen Sulemana
– ball control
– needs to work on his final ball and general composure in the final third
– able to dispossess opponents thanks to his explosiveness but his timing and defensive positioning are still improvable
– gets fouled very often but sometimes goes to ground too easily
Style of play:
– inside forward
– offensive allrounder capable of playing out wide, through the middle behind the number ‘9’, or as a striker
– great agility, flair, changes of pace, and coordination
– player with very good technique on the ball, mobility, acceleration, fast direction shifts, and short-dribbling skills
– likes to dribble
– known for his ‘quick feet’ and he’s incredibly explosive over the first meters
– vertical and energetic player very capable of pushing his team forward to finishing positions
– likes to have the ball at his feet and play a direct style by running straight at defenders with pace
– creative at his off-the-ball movements, and likes to find the best space to receive the ball
– very strong in 1v1 situations and confident of his skills
– very skillful at beating his markers and evading pressure
– great body balance and changes of direction at full speed
– displays a natural technique to dribble in tight spaces
– extremely difficult to knock off the ball thanks to his low centre of gravity, excellent close control and good strength for a player of his size
– extremely dangerous on the counter thanks to his electric pace, acceleration, and movement
– good ability at first touch/high speed in 1-2 combinations style of play
– above-average off the ball movement, instinct, and finishing skills in and around the the penalty area
– good direct and indirect set-piece taker
– accurate penalty taker
Banda cuts inside from the left wing, dribbles past his opponent with ease, and scores with a powerful finish.
Banda with a superb counter-attacking run: he outpaces his opponents with ease, dribbles past the goalkeeper, an scores.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Left winger in 4-3-3.
2021 COSAFA Under-17 Championship runner-up with Zambia.
2021 COSAFA Under-17 Championship MVP award.
League summary (as for 22 July 2022):
No info available.
Joseph Sabobo Banda is considered to be one of the most talented players of his age category in Africa. He showed himself to a wider crowd at the 2021 COSAFA Under-17 Championship – a prestigious youth tournament for teams from Southern Africa. Young Zambians made it to the final and Joseph was the top scorer and MVP of the competition. He has also been invited by FC Barcelona to attend trials and it’s possible that the Spanish giants will come back for him when he turns 18 in 2023.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has the potential to become a key player in a top European club.