Classic Mbesuma Shines In Practice Match Against Power

Chipolopolo on Wednesday beat local side Power Dynamos 3-1 in a practice match ahead of Saturday’s clash against Libya.

The encounter played at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies against a team in strong contention for the local league title was an interesting affair, particularly in the second half when coach Dario Bonetti unleashed what looks like his main team for Saturday with Mbesuma on song.

Zambia opened the scores in the 20th minute courtesy of Noah Chivuta who finished off a Given Singuluma cross.

Power replied in the 37th minute with in-form striker Felix Nyaende cleverly lobbing over Chipolopolo second choice custodian Kalililo Kakonje after a three some communication breakdown involving the goal-minder, Hichani Himoonde and Chintu Kampamba.

Five minutes into the second half, Chipolopolo was ahead thanks to Isaac Chansa’s header finishing off Jacob Mulenga’s goal-bound header off Chris Katongo’s corner kick.

In the 73 minute striker Collins Mbesuma delivered a spectacle when he scored with an overhead kick making good use of a Katongo cross from the right flank. The former and Kaizer Chiefs and Portsmouth striker displayed flashed of what made him the most popular national team player the last decade, much to the delight of the sizeable crowd at Arthur Davies.

Substitutions by Power coach Beston Chambeshi of diminutive winger Simon Bwalya for midfielder Mukuka Mulenga and later Alex Ng’onga for Nyaende did not help matters as his counterpart Bonetti fielded a stronger side in the second half.

The Italian started the match with what looked like his ‘B’ team and immediately gave a clue of what his starting line-up would be when he unleashed a different team at half time.

First-choice goalie Kennedy Mweene, Francis Kasonde, Joseph Musonda, Nyambe Mulenga, Stopilla Sunzu, Justin Zulu, Chris Katongo, Isaac Chansa, Jacob Mulenga, Collins Mbesuma and James Chamanga were introduced.

Save for suspended midfielder Rainford Kalaba and Thomas Nyirenda, the rest of the team introduced at half-time was a replica of that which toiled to beat the Comoros Island 2-1 last month.

Power resumed the second half with only goalkeeper Joshua Titima introduced for Elliot Phiri at half time while their opponents had made a complete overhaul of the first 11.

The win comforts Bonetti as he looks for an outright win when his side goes into the final 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Group C match at Nchanga Stadium.

Libya is expected to arrive in Zambia at 22:00 hours aboard a chartered flight and would be accommodated at Protea Hotel in Chingola.

Zambia starting line-up (First-half)

Kalililo Kakonje, Davis Nkausu, Emmanuel Mbola, Hichani Himoonde, Kampamba Chintu, Thomas Nyiremda, Clifford Mulenga (Fwayo Tembo), William Njobvu, Emmanuel Mayuka, Noah Chivuta and Given Singuluma.


Elliot Phiri (Joshua Titima), Govender Simwala, Lawrence Chungu, Billy Imonda, Kamuzati Kabwe, Gilbert Kalusa, Simon Bwalya, Emmanuel Chimpinde, Felix Nyaende (Alex Ng’onga), Joseph Sitali and Kennedy Mudenda.

Zambia (Second Half)

Kennedy Mweene, Francis Kasonde, Joseph Musonda, Nyambe Mulenga, Stopilla Sunzu, Justin Zulu, Chris Katongo, Isaac Chansa, Jacob Mulenga, Collins Mbesuma and James Chamanga.


12 Responses to "Classic Mbesuma Shines In Practice Match Against Power"

  1. Dr. Jet   October 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I need the whole team to shine for mother Zambia. We can do it lads and bring the lost glory of the chipolopolo Zambia. We have a very good team that can win the Africa Cup without any iota of doubt

  2. kelvin kayewa   October 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    it should be a must win 2 celebrate the victory 4 the PF,GO ZAMBIA GO.

  3. static   October 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    i particulary watchd th game,mbesuma is stupid wen it cumz to hm scorin,i min th guy is great,nabwela,he jx nids much game tym n al wil be wel.

  4. Tripoli   October 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Another PF victory dotch kubeba boys go zambia go..

  5. one stone   October 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    chimbolombolo boys shines whn u xpect less from them. i can guarantee u libya will fo come saturday.

  6. PF THE PADDLER LOVERBOY   October 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm


  7. Advisor/observer   October 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

    No politics in football. Was this your first time to vote in the general elections? We voted in 1991 & won, we also voted in 1996 we won. 2011 we voted for sata becoz we needed change & won futi. To us senior citizens its not new but we happy.Separate football from politics.

  8. Kay Hummer   October 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

    We need to Destory Libya and heap more misery on that war torn country!!!

  9. mukuka   October 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    a win over libya is non negotiable

  10. Dien   October 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I am not a prophet of doom but it looks/sounds like another “DONCHI KUBEBAMANIA” is hovering above our heads and possibility of “some” violence if we lost.

    Nshakayeko ku Chingola.
    Sinizaendako ku Chingola.
    Sikoinka ku Chingola

  11. Zeevintu   October 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    we are going to terrorizing Libya we ve all the missiles needed to invade there territory come on boys

  12. leslie Nkonde   October 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Go zambia Go,please try to go for a win not a draw otherwise a loss means Missing two Africa cups.2012 and 2013.