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.

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44 COMMENTS

    • Is this not the same Francis Kajiya who `refused and threw away` mbesuma??,,, mbesuma God bless, you have not revenged… God bless you mbesuma go and bury as your father despite all the ills you were subjected to.

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    • Who in the world would reject a child when people are reaping pregnant women’s interstines to steal a child? I once heard of a guy who denied impregnanting a girl by giving a silly excuse that one suck was cut off and zambians believed him hihihihi imagine?
      Men learn to be responsible, my word 11 children? the man was busy anyway i hope he made peace with his son who turned out right…….. RIP.

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    • The only response to your post is that English is not your native tongue therefore you don’t understand what you have said here. Because of this, you’re excused.

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    • Guys can’t you find something better to say on this sad occasion? What do you know about their family affairs anyway?

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    • Mbesuma was not rejected!His father did not know of his existance till Mtofyontoyo was 17 years old.What was the man to Do?????

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    • 1.1 Ndobo, man you have messed up. You need to apologise to Collins and the Kajiya family.
      Kajiya had 11 children, if not more, and one of them, Mbesuma, is still delighting humans on earth. History is history, and not all 11 children will cry, but Mbesuma will cry, he plays football just like his father.

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    • Why wish his soul to rest in piece as if you have seen souls suffering out there. The man is no more so lets just pray for his family to pull through this difficult time.

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  1. Francis Kajiya, Colins Mbesuma(thufyutufyu) and Christine Kakoma, the father, the sister, the son different family names or surnames, who cn clarify this puzzle for me? This family might be scartered together.

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    • you puzzled foul, the sister is married sheis using her husbands last name, Collins is using his Mothers last name.

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    • Easy.. christine kajiya got married to Mr kakoma, hence christine kakoma then collins was fathered by Mr Francis kajiya but Mr Francis kajiya `refused` collins then he became collins mbesuma by using his mother`s surname

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  2. Francis Kijiya GBFC player i remember him very well in the late 70s at Railways Ground terrorizing the mighty warriors with his sacked short almost falling but never. RIP

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  3. the headline made me surprised as to which unpopular politician is this? only to know that he was a player in 70s.

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  4. The mother to Collins got married to a Mbesuma from Kasama, ku Mpanda pa Kabanga. this guy brought up young Collins. So Collins adopted the step father’s name.

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  5. He was really hard working at night- typical Luvale, I pity him going where he will miss that thing forever, chabipa sana kanawa baata

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    • You must be sick in the head! If your thing is feeble, hard luck. May be you should arden it by keeping it warmed in that hot barotseland sand.

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  6. Mwanta Kajiya mwendi chiwahi, I remember when I was about 10yrs old, you would come and fetch us to try and teach us soccer in Arakan Barracks. You made your mistakes but we not holier than thou we have our own shortcomings.

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  7. RIP. I was not around in the 70s but the man was a good striker at both ends of the filed – 11 children (and still counting knowing a few more first borns will appear at the funeral)!!!

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  8. Thank you for leaving us your son Collins a great player just like you.May Your Soul Rest in Peace .No one not event one is righteous.Amen

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  9. Francis Kajiya, one of the dreaded names in GBFC line ups-of the 70s. Obby Kapita, Milton Muke, Kapela Katumpa, Jani Simulambo, etc. We will miss you. You gave our team Rokana Utd (Nkana) a run for their money! Every time you came at Scrivener Stadium security was tight because matches were always explosive. Ba Kajiya, a very strong and athletic player, Zambia mourns.

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  10. I first saw you at Railway grounds when I was a student at Nkrumah. Later, we met frequently at NORTEC ground, near my house (Kansenshi), when you coached ZESCO in Ndola.

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  11. I watched GBFC at Dag Hammerskjoeld in Ndola. Was great to see Kajiya in the green Jersey and light in complexion. I enjoyed his strength on the ball.

    Loll, I used to see you in Ndola frequently during your coaching days. I am not sure which team he coached in Ndola.

    May His Rest in Eternal Peace.

    Rest in Peace Mwata.

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  12. I didn’t know he was Mbesuma’s dad. That man played soccer with so much style.. there was no one like kajiiiiyaaa!! I remember him in his big, knee long, soccer trunks at DAGAMASKJOED stadium in Ndola. MHSRIP

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  13. To live is christ to die is gain. Blessed are the dead in christ coz they will rise again. We who are still alive we shud give ourselves to the master of life “Jesus”. My condolences to the family. John 14 : 6

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  14. May Your Soul Rest In Peace big man. Some of us had the chance to watch you play and we would cheer whenever you had the ball. We used to call you “Kempes”.

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    • Tell us about a country or place on earth where people don’t die before they are 60 years? Its normal to die at any age, it has been happening for a long time all over the world.

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  15. Oooh..Francis Kajiya! i remember him during football commentaries by Dennis. So he was Mbesuma’s father? The man was a gifted player. Always made playing football look so easy. I wish we had so many of his kind nowadays..At least we would have less sleepless nights before this bloody Ghana game in Kumasi. Rest in peace Francios

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