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Mbesuma to miss Olympic qualifyier 11/03/04
Collins Mbesuma, the Kaizer Chiefs and Zambian under 23 player, has been ruled out of his country's Olympic qualifying game against Algeria on Saturday due to an injury.

The striker joined his national team on Monday after playing his first game for Chiefs against Black Leopards on Sunday, but he was already carrying a injury.

He scored the first goal for Chiefs in their 3-1 win over Leopards but subsequently left the field after injuring his ankle in the process of celebrating.

Although this is bad news for Chiefs as well, Amakhosi fans may be hoping that his injury is a good omen as Siyabonga Nomvete was also injured on debut for the Sowetan giants and went on to become one of their best ever players.

Zambia are second in their group and are looking for a win against Algeria and also hoping that South African under-23's beat Ghana in their encounter to prevent the Ghanaians from going top of the group.

Mbesuma came to the attention of the Amakhosi camp after he had scored the only goal against Amaglug-Glug in Potscherstroom to give his country a 1-0 win.

He has scored in all the games that his country has played in the current qualifiers and his withdrawal is a big loss to Zambia.


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