Without a club and plagued with dodgy fitness, Collins Mbesuma today began his bid to impress new Zambian coach Herve Renard.
Mbesuma joined camp on Tuesday evening in Accra, Ghana to be assessed by Renard two days before the Frenchman names his final 18 for Saturday’s 2010 World/Africa Cup qualifier against Togo to be played in the Ghanaian capital.
His late inclusion into the team has raised questions as to why a player who barely featured in three matches for Bursasapor in Turkey in his first season before the contract was terminated this month should be selected.
However, Mbesuma should find it hard to make the cut with youngsters Roger Kola and Emmanuel Mayuka of Zanaco and Kabwe Warriors respectively all in the fray for that final 18 to partner Christopher Katongo in the starting line-up.
Katongo meanwhile is expected Wednesday evening in Accra just hours after Renard’s new assistant and compatriot Patrice Beaumelle also joins Zambia in Ghana.
The Brondby striker has missed Zambia’s training camp due to club commitments back in Denmark.
And Lusaka Dynamos defender Hichani Himoonde’s future under Renard reign is looking very much in doubt.
This is after Zesco United defender Nyambe Mulenga was picked ahead of Himoonde as a late replacement for injured Power Dynamos utility player Francis Kasonde.
Mulenga flew out at midday from Lusaka on Wednesday to replace Kasonde.
Kasonde is on his way back home after failing to recover from a knee injury he sustained last Thursday in Zambia’s 2-2 draw away to Libya in an international friendly played in Tripoli.