COLLINS Mbesuma’s impressive start to the season has continued after the striker scored his sixth goal of the season in Mpumalanga Black Aces’ 3-1 win against Jomos Cosomos in the PSL.
And Chipolopolo coach George Lwandamina says Mbesuma has matured into an integral member of the Chipolopolo.
Mbesuma scored the second goal of the match in added time of the first half to become the leading scorer in the league after 10 games.
Lebogang Manyama scored the first goal after 38 minutes and Judas Mosamaedi scored the third in the 55th minute before Brice Aka scored a consolation for Cosmos in the 72nd minute.
Mbesuma has hit top form this season after struggling in the previous ones which cost him a place in the national team.
But the PSL record goal scorer in a season has returned to his best, helping his club to be joint leaders on the league table with Platinum Stars on 18 points each as well as guiding the national team to an important Africa Cup qualifier against Kenya where he scored in the 2-1 win.
He was named PSL best player for the month of October.
Meanwhile, Lwandamina believes Mbesuma is now an integral member for the national team at this stage.
Lwandamina told journalists that he was happy with the form the that burly striker has exhibited at club level and hoped he could replicate it at national level.
He said the striker should remain focused and not allow the praise get to his head.
“It’s good for him, good for the nation. Just my appeal… it shouldn’t go to his head. I’m sure he is experienced enough now. He went through thin and thick. I’m sure he has now matured and it will not go to his head. He is an integral part of the team at this moment,” Lwandamina said.
Mbesuma is expected to lead Chipolopolo’s attack in the World Cup qualifier against Sudan on Wednesday and Sunday next week.