(born February 3, 1984 in Luanshya
) is a Zambian footballer
. He is nicknamed The Hurricane
Mbesuma was born in Luanshya
. His father, Francis Kajiya
, was also a football player who played as a midfielder
clubs; Green Buffaloes FC
and Ndola United FC
as well as the country's national team from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
The surname "Mbesuma" is adopted from his step father who raised him as he was not brought up by his biological father Kajiya.
Mbesuma made his debut for Zambia in 2003 and had won four caps by the end of that year, while at the same time being a key member of Zambia's under-23 side that almost qualified for the Athens Olympics.
His performances for the Olympic team caught the attention of Kaizer Chiefs who bought him in January from Roan United
in Zambia, where he averaged a goal every other game.
He scored on his debut in South Africa's Premier Soccer League
in 2004 against the Black Leopards
but injured himself in the process and spent several weeks on the sidelines.
Mbesuma was named PSL Player of the Season
in 2005 after scoring a sensational 35 goals in one season with Kaizer Chiefs
. After such an achievement a move to a more prestigious league looked assured, and indeed it was enough to catch the eye of Sam Allardyce
, manager of Bolton Wanderers
(Le Mans UC72
looked to sign him but administrative problems didn't allow Mbesuma to join France). However, Mbesuma was... Read More