Chipolopolo legends, Mbesuma Collins has joined the list of players giving back to their Communities with development Projects.
The former Maccabi striker has launched his academy in his hometown as part of his decision to plough back to the community that catapaulted him to stardom.
The launch was attended by Sports Minister Emmanuel Mulenga, Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda, FAZ vice president Rix Mweemba, Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, Copperbelt FAZ vice chairperson Gabriel Kaunda and Zesco United coach George Lwandamina.
Mbesuma made his debut for Zambia in 2003 and had won four caps by the end of that year, while at the same time being a key member of Zambia’s under-23 side that almost qualified for the Athens Olympics.
His performances for the Olympic team caught the attention of Kaizer Chiefs who bought him in January from Roan United in Zambia, where he averaged a goal every other game.
Mbesuma was named PSL Player of the Season in 2005 after scoring a sensational 35 goals in one season with Kaizer Chiefs. After such an achievement a move to a more prestigious league looked assured, and indeed it was enough to catch the eye of Sam Allardyce, manager of Bolton Wanderers (Le Mans UC72 looked to sign him but administrative problems didn’t allow Mbesuma to join France.
Mbesuma had 22 goals in his 64 appearances for the Zambia Senior National team and ply his trade with South Africa side, University Of Pretoria.