Mbesuma worries over place

Zambia striker Collins Mbesuma says no-one is guaranteed a start at Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates striker Collins Mbesuma says competition for places at the club means he is not guaranteed a place in the starting line-up even after scoring twice in his club’s last match.

Mbesuma opened his account for his new club with two goals earlier this month as Pirates ended the unbeaten record of Pretoria University with a 3-1 win at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

But he is realistic about his chances of again starting when the Buccaneers begin the defence of the Telkom Knockout trophy against Black Leopards in Polokwane on Saturday.

“We have top strikers in my position. The competition for places here is very high. One needs to be at the top of his game to continue playing,” he told his club’s website.

“As a striker you are judged by the goals you score so obviously I am delighted to have scored a brace against Tuks. However my job is not done. I need to continue where I left off by continuing to bang them in as that’s what I have been brought here to do.”

Mbesuma has the best games to goal ratio in the Premier Soccer League but battled with fitness and form since his abortive time overseas in England, Portugal and Turkey. He was a star for Kaizer Chiefs and the catalyst behind their last league success in 2005, but he was not able to replicate that decisive form for Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows and Lamontville Golden Arrows in recent seasons.

But he suggests that once he gets some rhythm it might be a lot brighter.

“The goals have gone a long way to building my confidence. I will take it one game at a time though and hopefully sooner rather than later I’ll be scoring on a more consistent basis.”