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It feels good to score – Mbesuma

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Nairobi
CHIPOLOPOLO forward Collins Mbesuma is delighted to score against Kenya during last Sunday’s 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
And Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya has thanked President Lungu for chartering a plane to ferry supporters to Kenya.
Mbesuma, of Mpumalanga Black Aces forward, scored Zambia’s winning goal at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.
“It feels good to score. As a striker, my job is to score. I thank God. Without God, I can’t be here. There have been cries that we don’t score but at least we managed to score two goals. It was important for me to score. We needed this victory,” he said.
Mbesuma said he does not play to please anyone. He said football is his talent.
Skipper Rainford Kalaba said the win has motivated the team.
“Playing away in Africa is not easy but we managed to get the three points that we needed the most. Congratulations to the guys for the job well done,” he said.
Defender Stopilla Sunzu is confident Zambia will maintain the momentum.
“My injury has healed and I am back, stronger than before. I want to help my team qualify to the Africa Cup. My performance went down because of the injury but I am now back to do what I know best,” he said.
Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene said the match was tough.
“It was a tense game throughout but we managed to overcome the pressure. We did our homework well. Hard work paid off,” Mweene said.
Debutant Boyd Mkandawire is upbeat about maintaining his position in the squad.
Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale commended the players for withstanding pressure during the game.
“What was important for us was the three points. We have to take it step by step and the win is a morale booster going forward,” Mwale said.
Zambia have four points at par with leaders Congo Brazzaville, three better than Kenya and Guinea Bissau.


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