Nelspruit Fans Give Mbesuma Big Cheer
Collins Mbesuma got the biggest cheer from local crowds on Thursday afternoon in Nelspruit during Zambia’s training game against African Academy of Pretoria.
The crowd at Zambia’s training venue Ka Nyamazane Stadium outside Nelspruit cheered Mbesuma’s every attacking foray as the striker continues on his Zambia rebound after ending his high profile 10-month exile in November.
Mbesuma, who did not score in Zambia’s 3-0 win, brought out the best out of the Academy goalkeeper and saw another effort deflected out on the inside of the goalpost.
The defending champions beat African Academy thanks to goals from Emmanuel Mayuka, Rainford Kalaba and Jonas Sakuwaha.
Zambia will have one training session on Friday afternoon but will have to attend to administrative issues earlier in the morning with CAF.
Meanwhile, Nigeria arrived on Thursday morning bringing to three the number of Group C teams to touch down in Nelspruit over the last two weeks.
They headed to their secluded camp at Ingwenyama Country Club just northwest outside Nelspruit.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia are due to land on Friday afternoon after leaving Addis Ababa in the morning.
And Burkina Faso were first to arrive a week, Thursday before Zambia joined them on January 13.
The Burkinabe’s on Thursday also played their second friendly against Swaziland whom they beat 3-0 at the Puma’s rugby ground in Nelspruit.
Burkina Faso’s win comes just four days after beating Swaziland 3-1 in another friendly at Mbombela Stadium.