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World cup qualifiers: Zambia’s Mbesuma fires warning to Nigeria


Collins Mbesuma

The Chipolopolo star expressed his gameness for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Gernot Rohr’s men by netting against Cape Town City

 Collins Mbesuma scored his 100th Premier Soccer League goal in Highlands Park 1-1 draw Cape Town City on Tuesday.

Mbesuma’s daring volley in the 73rd minute earned his side a point after Lebogang Manyama had put visiting City ahead four minutes earlier at the Makhulong Stadium.

The 32-year-old forward was also on target in his side’s 3-2 defeat at Polokwane City, as Highland Park now place 10th on the South African topflight log with five points from four games.

With this imposing form of Mbesuma, Nigeria defenders must be at their best to stop him when the Chipolopolo welcome the Super Eagles to Ndola when the race to 2018 Fifa World Cup commences on October 9.

The former Portsmouth goal poacher was recalled to the national team by coach Wedson Nyirenda after serving his suspension.

Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Racha Kola (Zanaco)

Defenders: Lawrence Chungu, Billy Mutale (both Power Dynamos), Fackson Kapumbu, George Chilufya, Ziyo Tembo (all Zanaco), Simon Silwimba (Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Stopilla Sunzu (Lille, France), Donashano Malama (Nkana)

Midfielders: Roderick Kabwe, Charles Zulu (both Zanaco), Fwayo Tembo (Power Dynamos), Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Cletus Chama, John Chingandu, Misheck Chaila, Mwape Mwelwa (all Zesco United), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Chisamba Lungu (FC Ural, Russia)

Strikers: Justin Shonga (Nkwazi), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Winston Kalengo (AC Leopards, Congo-Brazzaville), Lewis Macha (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Patson Daka (Power Dynamos), Collins Mbesuma (Highlands Park, South Africa) goal