Zambia has suffered a massive blow for next week’s decisive World Cup clash against Ghana after South Africa-based striker Collins Mbesuma was ruled out of the match in Kumasi because of injury.
The burly Zambian, who plays for Orlando Pirates in South Africa, is expected to be out of action for six to nine weeks, and during his layoff, the club is trying to ensure he sheds off some weight.
Mbesuma, who is named in the Zambia squad for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ghana, is nursing an injury which would keep him away between six to nine weeks.
This means he will be unavailable for the Ghana-Zambia match in Kumasi
The Zambia forward was stretched off the pitch during Pirates MTN8 quarter-final clash with SuperSport United on August 11 with a suspected twisted ankle.
It was later said that the injury was not serious but since then, Mbesuma has not been a part of the Pirates squad for, either local or international matches, and will miss the CAF Champions’ League group stage clash against Zamalek in Egypt on Sunday.
But head of the Chipolopolo team medics Joseph Kabungo said he would have a word with the player when Zambia sets up camp in Johannesburg today.
“I do not have any injury updates on the team yet but I will talk to Collins as soon as we in Johannesburg tomorrow (today),” Kabungo said.
The Chipolopolo are scheduled to begin camp in Johannesburg today ahead of next Friday’s crunch match against Ghana.