What Happened To Collins Mbesuma?

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Collins Mbesuma is a Zambian professional footballer who is fondly nicknamed The Hurricane or Ntofontofo.

Mbesuma was born in Luanshya Zambia on the 3 February 1984. His father Francis Kajiya was also a professional football player, playing as a midfielder for Zambian clubs Green Buffaloes FC and Ndola United FC. He also played for the Zambia’s national team from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

The surname “Mbesuma” is adopted from his step father who raised him as he was not brought up by his biological father Francis Kajiya.

Mbesuma started his senior football career in 2003 playing for Zambian football club Roan United. He made 25 appearances and scored 11 goals.

He made his debut for the Zambian national team in 2003 and had four caps by the end of 2003. He was also a key member of Zambia’s under-23 side that almost qualified for the Athens Olympics.

His performances for the Zambia Olympic team caught the attention of South African team Kaizer Chiefs who bought him in January 2004 from Roan United.

He scored on his debut in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League against the Black Leopards but injured himself in the process and spent several weeks on the side-lines.

Mbesuma was named PSL Player of the Season in 2005/6 after scoring a sensational 35 goals in one season with Kaizer Chiefs in all competitions.

After such an amazing feat a move to a league abroad looked guaranteed. According to the reports Mbesuma caught the eye of Sam Allardyce who was the manager of Bolton Wanderers at the time. However administrative problems didn’t allow Mbesuma to join France side.

Then Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin signed him up on a three year contract in 2005. Mbesuma encountered work permit problems due to the low ranking of his country which meant he was not given clearance to join the club until late into pre-season.

It was noted that he appeared overweight early in the season when playing for the reserve team. Mbesuma never started a match for Portsmouth. He only came on for a total of four brief substitute appearances all in the first half of the 2005–06 season.

In July 2006, he began a season long loan with Portugal side CS Marítimo where he appeared to be regaining his form while scoring vital goals early in the season and receiving the Swan d’Or. This is a monthly Portuguese football award. However his form soon dipped and his goal tally was a total of just seven goals. He returned to Portsmouth in June 2007 after playing 23 games for the Portuguese team.

On 4 August 2007 it was announced that Turkish side Bursaspor signed Collins Mbesuma for an undisclosed amount.

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