Friday, June 14, 2024

Jacob not bitter at being left out, Mbesuma not happy

TURKEY-BASED Zambian striker Jacob Mulenga says he is not bitter with national team coach Honour Janza’s decision to leave him out of the provisional squad for next month’s 2015 Equatorial Guinea Africa Cup of Nations.

“We all have different opinions and views but our common goal to our beloved country is to do well. Football has its phase and if anything, it is important to respect the choices the people in charge make,” Mulenga said.

“We should all support the boys 100% as they prepare for the Africa Cup,” he added.

Mulenga has been Zambia’s most prolific striker for the national team since the last Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.

He has also been in good form for his second tier Turkey side and was again on target on Saturday scoring his eighth goal for Adana Dermispor’s.

However, Collins Mbesuma has been quoted as not being okay with missing the trip to Equatorial Guinea.

“I am available when they need me. May be there is someone doing well in the position I play. I am mature enough to understand they will not always select me, although at times I feel bad especially when am doing well at my club,” Mbesuma said.

ZamFoot / Daily Mail / Post

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    • The young boys don’t have anybody to look up to except mumbi. Cape Verde and DRC will give them baby milk to sip down. Paradox, the end has come for the “south African” giants who have never qualified for the world cup. Giants? Oh no, Cape Verde and DRC will “dwarf” the boys. Sorry and sad paradox has already lost hope in the boys.

  1. Mbesuma has never disappointed at national level,when ever he plays he for Chipolopolo he gives his all.Mayuka for me is not a player we can depend on for goals at this moment!

  2. Lets just give Janza enough rope to hang himself. Any poor performance at afcon will mean the end of his stint with the Chipolopolo.

  3. Those of you who have seen the Drc team know we are in serious trouble. Selecting useless material like chamanga when DRC have selected world class players like Bolas, mbokani, mputu etc amounts to suicide.

    • the current one is still work in progress. better this way coz zamfoot would have still bin down up to now. but they decided to go online while modifications r taking place

  4. even if i sometimes dont always agree with the team selection i will always trust in zambia to do well with my buddy chisamba i believe we will go far

  5. Two weeks ago, I was in Istanbul, Turkey and i watched Jacob Mulenga live in action and according to my personal assessment, the lad in very good shape and form. The omission of Jacob in particular has not thrilled me at all. Fine Janza has justified the omission of Chris Katongo but I honestly thought Jacob is a very disciplined and mature boy. Janza seems to have opted to quickly dash to the drawing board than to the knock out stages of the tournament but this time around, it will be a self-inflicted exit. One thing he should understand is that he may be the coach today but does not certainly have a monopoly of football ideas just like all of us. As a qualified coach, I expected his syllabus to include a module on player and conflict management. Seriously, he should have sat down and resolved whatever problem(s) he may have with Chris Katongo. I personally feel Chris could have contributed positively.
    Those who are calling James Chamanga names will swallow their words. Some bloggers’ memory are very short. In 2012, a team of bloggers called him son of a witch but quickly changed after James’ spectacular goal. James is far from being finished and I can assure you he will acquit himself well during the forthcoming Afcon.

    • Your posting is very balanced although i still think we couldn’t go on holding on to Chris who became a bad influence to the the team at least based on what i gathered from the very people he was leading. Jacob was given chance in the qualifiers and flopped big time. Aren’t we better with the Sates, Evans etc who will always guarantee you goals despite their stature, not so convincing play but doing what matters the most (GOALS?!!!

      • Uncle Bobs, I may agree with you on Chris to a certain extent but on Jacob, I totally disagree with you with due respect. We always say class is permanent whilst form is temporal. I do not think that just because Jacob may have under performed during the qualifiers, then he does not deserve a place in the team. Personally, I rate Jacob higher than Sate Sate (I have never rated this lad and I do not think I will be rating him sooner) and Evans Kangwa. Conversely, there is no guarantee that a player who may have scored a fluky goal or two during the qualifiers will perform at the Afcon. At this stage, you need more than just fluky goals, you need experience.
        I was in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks ago and I was priviledged to watch Jacob in both training and playing for his second tier team. My assessment is that the lad is currently on top of his game and judging him from his performance in the qualifier is not appropriate. I am not quiete sure what player monitoring mechanism FAZ has put in place. If you are to use the same criteria and apply it to Mayuka, will Mayuka justify his selection? From my recollection, both Mayuka and Jacob scored a goal apiece during the qualifiers. So where do we draw the line?
        By the way, I still owe you a visit and I am sure 2015 will provide an opportunity for this. Have an investful 2015.

        • Sate Sate scored against Zambia for Nkana when Renard was here, scored 5 goals for Nkana in Continental soccer in 2014, plus 12 League goals, scored 3 goals in 5 CECAFA matches the previous year and the same “fluke ” goal for Zambia against Cape that the likes of Jacob could not avoid. Honestly Ba Rok, unless you want to draw blood from this boy, tell me in recent times a striker as consistent as Sate Sate in Zambian Soccer. Jacob also flopped at Afcon 2013 (so what guarantee is there that 2015 shall be for him?). If Sate flops like Jacob has, believe you me I shall be the first to agree that he’s dropped for good (like I am saying on Jacob IPULANGA-no talent but of great skill). I am sure people here remember how i greatly vulched for Bruce Musakanya who i should admit hasn’t lived to our expectation. Let him just concetrate on his club career as some of us want to see the likes of Larry Bwalya, Patson Daka, Patrick Ngoma taking over as it’s their time. Infact Sate Sate and Evans have even delayed being conscripted into the National Team. Meanwhile like always, expect my calls when Sate Sate scores and these occassios (flukes) shall be plenty. At least you and I argue professionally-kekekekekeke

          • Uncle Bobs you and I are friends. So let our communication be contingent upon Sate Sate scoring because in case he does not score, you are saying you will never call me (kekekekekeke).
            All in all, I like your confidence in this lad and I am sure now that the lad is being litmus-tested at Afcon, we will soon be reaching congruence on the prowess of the chap.
            Please let us link soon and compare notes.

    • Paradox I honestly do not think the taunts you continue to unleash on Ghanasoccernet are helping developing the local game and would urge you to stop that unproductive venture and redirect your efforts to sharing your football developmental ideas with bloggers and those in charge of our beautiful game of football. Taunting and counter taunting each other is a profitless venture which should be discarded as it does not add any value to our beautiful game of football.

      • Mr Rok. as long as they continue to come here to mock us I will do likewise on their site. dont forget they started this dont think they will stop, coz they wont even if we stop.

        • your own people are putting sense into your hollow brain . U might think u are still on the forests of northern Rhodesia fighting a guerrilla war . Those days are gone and past. Initially u thought u could intimidate us. Erase that thought from your mind . We have never fought a guerrilla war but we are RESILIENT. In so far as u continue to show your ignorance we wil always try to put some common sense (which you lack) into your skull.
          Do not be consumed too much in Afcon. We leave that to you. That is your specialty, which surprisingly you’ve been able to capture only once since creation. We use Afcon as training grounds for the World Cup . The World Cup for which Lesotho prevented u from participating in 2014. WE WERE THERE IN 2006, 2010 and 2014.

          • Your enslaved mentality never ends. Look at the picture you have posted. A white man? No wonder u voted for Dr Guy to be your president. How stupid of you. Might not be your fault. Let us all blame colonialism. BUT my worry is in this day and age, any fool, even you, should be able to understand that THE COLONIAL ERA IS GONE. Only die hard fools, like you, cannot fathom this.
            Try to put on some analytical thinking cap and you will be crowned the king of the forest.

      • Thank you Ba ROK for your kind counsel. Especially when you’re taunting unknown people. Any normal and peace-loving person will take your advice.

      • Mr Rock, l cherish your sense of maturity and dare to take a careful look at your admonitions. Indeed, until recently (4 or 5 weeks back) , l had not posted a single comment on this forum. I tolerated the incessant stupidity of this idi at ghana soccernet for a long time before exploding. Gentlemen at Ghanasoccernet had repeatedly advised this fool and his cohorts to stop the unwarranted animosities but to no avail. This is the only language this idiot understands – very antagonistic which is quite unproductive amongst struggling nations of our beautiful BUT economically disafvantaged continent .
        We have let our love for soccer out shadow our humanity to the extent of wishing the demise of some nations. How senseless are we? Passion for soccer . Nothing wrong with that. Because of our passion no Love for our neighbour? Even if we lived in the animal kingdom, we would be more sensible.
        I adopted the name “paradox incarnated” to prick his mind that l am in for the long haul.

        • Someone is becoming emotional. U want me to stop? Go tell those cayoties on ghanasoccernet who come to mock us here to stop. Thats wen i wil stop. Dont jst try to remove the speck in my eyes, make efforts to remove tge planks in yo fellow ghanains eyes

  6. Jacob has bn refusing to play at AFCON the two previous tournaments citing injury problems. Why then would he play now when he is old.

  7. Don’t down play sate sate’s ability…he scores against north Africans who are gigantic in stature..and that goal against cape verde in ndola ws perfect technique,in fifa we call it finesse.

    • Let me even inform him that the Zambians are still doubting you. The boy has an eye of an eagle and scores from without (Fillipo People Inzagh comes to mind-not flashy like we like seeing in strikers with low conversion rates)

  8. zamfoot. please do more with updating latest news. if u dont have latest news, open up a new blog on afcon so that we can be discussing daily topics

  9. I told him that Professor Soccerguru said he scored an off-side against Power in the first league match pa Chilata. And he told me ati inkabasanga ba Power-fast forward he made Billy Mutale and partners look like kids when he was to score volleys in the return match at Arthur Davies and Barclays Cup at Nkoloma and Professor Soccerguru hasn’t been heard ever since.

  10. @ uncle bobs, what’s a flop? How many games did Jacob play at the 2013 Afcon cup? How many mins? Compared to all the other strikers who played all the games and had more mins who really flopped?! Please educate me on your criteria for flopping. We tend to make bold and sometimes general statements without the necessary support or evidence in the process creating a false impression. On Jacob flopping I am wholeheartedly disagreeing with your characterization of his 2013 Afcon experience. 30 odd mins or so does not make one a flop. Right now, this very moment Jacon Mulenga is
    Our best performing striker. Sate Sate, Evans Kangwa or Mayuka are
    Not performing at his level currently and it’s not
    Known if they would, were they in his shoes. Rok has already seen the man live and in person and can attest to his form. His omission by Janza is a mistake and a personal choice that might come back to bite him in the ass!

    • @KK11-I love Jacob,as a player and as a person; his workrate is amazing BUT equally
      your argument that he is the ‘best striker’ on current form that we have is open to
      debate-how does scoring in the SECOND tier of Turkish football make you unplayable???
      If he was in a more prestigious lge,maybe I would agree with you; I dont get how people
      STILL look down on Sate Sate-I dont know what he has to do to win you guys over!!!
      He played in CAF competitions this year with Nkana,scored against our nemisis Arab friends yet its still not good enuf! Give the lad a chance! I figure the reason people who have not watched or rated Sate is coz he is not your typical Zed striker,you guys want physic and skill and the like but the lad brings sumthing dfrnt to the team-FINESSE(I bet u my pinky,give Sate 10 chances and he will score 9 of them-he is that good!!)

  11. That is the way forward J boy.To my dear brother @Paradox incarnated,your coach Mr Grant is white and you gave him the mandate to led your beloved Black Stars into battle,can you please atest to that and is that not the same as is a situation with us Zambians for which our white man is even born and bred. My brother because if you are an Asante or Hearts supporter you helped in giving that job to Mr Grant from a one of your own !you people sacked Mr Appia,I say so because you elected your local team officials who in turn elected Mr Nyantaki,Ghana FA President.Let us just stick to football issues and respect one another.I have always said that Ghana is better than Zambia economically and has helped us in education and health sectors in the past but that alone does not make us stupid bro.You know ,God has blessed every country differently so that we interdepend on each other,Kenyaians and Ethopians are good marathon runners,Botswana is blessed with beautiful carvy ladies so on and so forth.Moreover,we have many Ghanaian descendants in Zambia and we have embraced them us our own because that’s who we are,peace and loving and even Malians and our brothers from Senegal.

  12. @KK11-I love Jacob,as a player and as a person; his workrate is amazing BUT equally
    your argument that he is the ‘best striker’ on current form that we have is open to
    debate-how does scoring in the SECOND tier of Turkish football make you unplayable???
    If he was in a more prestigious lge,maybe I would agree with you; I dont get how people
    STILL look down on Sate Sate-I dont know what he has to do to win you guys over!!!
    He played in CAF competitions this year with Nkana,scored against our nemisis Arab friends yet its still not good enuf! Give the lad a chance! I figure the reason people who have not watched or rated Sate is coz he is not your typical Zed striker,you guys want physic and skill and the like but the lad brings sumthing dfrnt to the team-FINESSE(I bet u my pinky,give Sate 10 chances and he will score 9 of them-he is that good!!)

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