CHIPOLOPOLO interim coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina says striker Collins Mbesuma put up a good performance and will remain part of the team provided he keeps in form.
Lwandamina said Mbesuma had brought a good dimension of experience which was good for the lads.
He was impressed that Mbesuma was able to keep up with the pace of the young lads and was able to track down the opponents.
“He is doing fine and brought a good dimension of experience. Some people said he was too heavy and cannot run,
“”But we saw him run and was able to track down the opponents. As long as he remains in form at his club, I have no reason of not including him in the national team,” he said.
He said Mbesuma’s sharp striking ability was important in helping the team to get positive results in future assignments.
“Mbesuma is combining well with the other players and his sharp scoring ability is vital to the team. It was a good start and hoping for the continued good performance,” he said.
Mbesuma contributed a goal to Zambia’s 2-1 victory over Kenya in the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played on Sunday.
He also said Boyd Mkandawire and Benedict Chepeshi fared well in the two games but needed more game time.
“The young players did well in the two matches. What is important is that they have the potential. I cannot restrict myself to particular players. I want to create a broader area from where to of pick players, hence creating competition,” he said.
Lwandamina said he had to substitute some notable players because they exhibited signs of tiredness in the friendly game against Gabon at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Tuesday. “I substituted Winston Kalengo, Rainford Kalaba, Mbesuma and Stopilla Sunzu to avoid muscle cramps. Playing two games in 48 hours was not easy for them and l had to make several changes to prevent such incidences. I cannot sacrifice my players during a friendly just to impress the fans,” said Lwandamina.
Meanwhile, Gabon coach Stephane Boungouedza said Zambian defenders were slow and therefore his team capitalised on the weakness to get a draw.
“What I have observed is that the Chipolopolo defenders are slow and that should their worry ahead of their next assignments. The other weakness is their poor finishing,
They should work on these two weaknesses to be able to get positive results,” he said.
Zambia defeated Kenya 2 -1 on Sunday in Nairobi before playing out a one all draw with Gabon on Tuesday in Lusaka.