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Mbesuma, Mweene relish Egypt clash

NATIONAL team goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene training in Johannesburg yesterday. PICTURE COURTESY OF FAZ

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
NATIONAL team players Collins Mbesuma and Kennedy Mweene says Sunday’s international  friendly against Egypt will be a good test ahead of next month’s 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier against Sudan.
The duo was among eight players that trained at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium under the watchful eye of assistant coach Fighton Simukonda.
The others are Nathan Sinkala, Stopilla Sunzu, Donashano Malama, Chisamba Lungu, Boyd Mkandawire and Solomon Sakala.
Mbesuma said in an interview that the Sudanese will not be easy opponents and there is need to capitalise on friendlies to stay in shape.
Zambia are away to Sudan on November 11.
“Egypt is doing well, the game on Sunday will be a good test for us. Everything starts from training and we have to work hard. Each and every game is important for next month’s qualifiers,” he said.
Mbesuma, who scored a record 35 goals to grab the South African Premier Soccer League topscorer award in the 2004/2005 season, is working hard to ensure he maintains his position in the Chipolopolo.
“As a striker you have to think about scoring in every game. For me to come here, I have to do my best in training and the coach will decide. My job is to train but I am working hard to maintain my position in the team.
“I am working hard to win the topscorer’s award in the PSL this season,” said Mbesuma, who has scored five goals this season for South African side Mpumalanga Black Aces.
And Mweene said utilising the FIFA dates is good for team building and cohesion.
“It’s very important to make use of the FIFA date all the time. It gives us a lot of morale when we meet and builds up team spirit. The Egypt friendly is a very good friendly and the kind of games we want to play. It hasn’t been easy to play Egypt but we need to continue fighting,” he said.

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