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Sun Apr 20 10:50:21 SAST 2014

Mbesuma's boot is money in the bank

RAMATSIYI MOHOLOA | 23 October, 2012 07:440 Comments
Collins Mbesuma, left, has proved himself worth every penny that Pirates paid for him. His goal-scoring in recent games has ensured victory for his side
Image by: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES

WHEN Orlando Pirates bought Collins Mbesuma from Golden Arrows, even some fans described the acquisition as a waste of money.

But the imposing Zambian international has since silenced his critics, netting crucial goals in successive matches.

When Pirates ended University of Pretoria's unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership, Mbesuma scored two goals in the 3-1 victory in Tshwane two weeks ago.

On Saturday, in Polokwane, Mbesuma scored both goals in Pirates' 2-0 victory over Black Leopards.

"I can only attribute my regained appetite for goals to hard work," he said.

"When I joined Pirates, I told myself that I want to win titles.

"I knew it was not going to be easy to get into the starting line-up because there are many good players in the team with a lot of experience.

"God is great. I'm happy that I have managed to settle down. I'm beginning to do what I was employed for - score goals.

"I need to keep working hard to be a regular member of the team that is determined to win the treble for a third successive season," said Mbesuma, who is happy that experienced striker Benni McCarthy is back in action after recovering from a hamstring injury.

"Benni is a highly experienced striker. He is also a great motivator."

Mbesuma is expected to continue where he left off against Leopards when Pirates take on AmaZulu in a league match at Orlando stadium on Sunday.

Coach Roger de Sa has indicated that McCarthy will be available, although he is still undecided whether the striker should be in the starting line-up or on the bench.

De Sa said the second-placed Pirates wanted to win to intensify their challenge for the league title. Bucs are four points behind Kaizer Chiefs.

"We have a tough encounter coming against AmaZulu," De Sa said on Pirates' website.

"They had a good game against Platinum Stars and it would be suicidal for any team to underestimate them only because they are in the relegation zone."

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