Collins Mbesuma’s father and ex-Zambia international Francis Kajiya has died.
Kajiya’s sister Christine Kakoma said that the ex-Green Buffaloes player passed away at his home in Lusaka on Wednesday morning after an illness.
Kajiya, 59, is survived by a wife and 11 children.
“We are all devastated, we didn’t see this coming,” Kakoma said.
Mbesuma is expected to fly in from his Johannesburg base at Orlando Pirates to mourn his father farewell.
The news is a double blow for Mbesuma who is likely to miss Zambia’s September 6 Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi due to an injury.
Mbesuma sustained the injury on August 11 in a Cup game against SuperSport United despite being named to Herve Renard’s 26-member travelling part for that crucial clash.