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New Orlando Pirates signing Collins Mbesuma on the fringes of national team

Orlando Pirates striker Collins Mbesuma says his international career is not over despite being left out of his country’s last key internationals.

The new signing for the Premier Soccer League champions has missed Zambia’s last three internationals and played just a bit part at the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon at the start of the year.

Once the attacking king pin of the Zambia team, the 28-year-old is now struggling to hold onto his place but insists he is still sticking around.

“I know I still have a future with the national team and I discussed this with the coach who encouraged me to work hard. But missing the last three matches has been difficult for me to accept,” he told Zambia Daily Mail in an interview from his Johannesburg base.
“But I know I will definitely get another chance,” he added.

Mbesuma said he was intent on working hard at his new club to win back his place in the Zambian squad, especially with the 2013 finals on South Africa looming.

Defending champions Zambia are precariously placed after a narrow 1-0 win over Uganda in the first leg of their final round qualifier. They play the return in Kampala on October 13.

“We always seem to make it difficult for ourselves but the good thing is that we have got experience to deal with that. Ideally we should have been in a better position but all the same our fate is in our own hands,” Mbesuma added.

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