Zambia and Orlando Pirates striker Collins Mbesuma says he worked very hard to earn his 2013 AFCON place
Zambia and Orlando Pirates striker Collins Mbesuma says worked very hard to earn his 2013 Africa Cup place.
Mbesuma told MTNFootball.com in Ndola that he felt blessed to have impressed Herve Renard to make the final 23-member team.
“I think I am very happy. This is all from working hard,” Mbesuma said.
It has been a rollercoaster ride for Mbesuma for both club and country ever since he was a headline hit during his two seasons at Kaizer Chiefs over seven years ago before poor form and injuries set-in after moving to Europe and back.
“Sometimes I really felt down but through hard work God blessed me to be part of the team again,” Mbesuma said.
This will be the 28-year-old Mbesuma’s fourth Africa Cup outing but he has yet to score a goal nor make a major impact at the African football showpiece.
Mbesuma made his Zambia return last November to end an 11-month exile.
He scored the winner for Zambia in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on November 14 at Soccer City in a 1-0 win over Bafana-Bafana to begin his journey to stake his claim for an Africa Cup place.