Collins Mbesuma explains Highlands Park move from Mpumalanga Black Aces


Mbesuma was the league's top scorer last season with 14 goals but was surprisingly let go by Mpumalanga Black Aces who were then sold and reborn as Cape Town City.

It was natural that there would be curiosity the moment the league’s top scorer strangely became a free agent at the end of June especially in a league thin on consistent scorers, which is why the question about how many teams were chasing him becomes relevant.

“Maybe six or seven teams some in the PSL and I also had some offers outside but for now I want to remain in the PSL,” says Mbesuma after making a head count of those teams.

Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows along with two in the DR Congo were amongst the teams that raised a hand of interest but then newly promoted Highlands Park charmed him with their history and ambitions.

“Ja, I had some offers around but when I went to meet the club bosses (Highlands Park) and we spoke about the future of the team I was convinced and that is the reason why I joined. I had a long chat with the bosses before I signed and he went through the history of the team and I was happy and that is why I chose to join the team. They (Celtic) spoke to me but I had to put my family first so I had to stay in Jo’burg. I have been going around for too long and I now want to just settle in one place. I am only 31 so I still have more years to play,” he says.

Having won the Golden Boot last season for the second time in his career after initially taking it home 11 years ago the bulky forward says he wants that award yet again next season.

“Me as a striker I always set out to win the top goal scorer or to continue where I left off at Aces. As a striker I am looking to win the top goal scorer each and every season. I like challenges. Every season is a challenge for me whether I play for a big team or small team it is always a challenge for me. I am happy and I will have to work extra hard. The team has signed good players and the team is good, I watched them when they played against Sundowns in the cup game. So I think we will work together,” adds Mbesuma.

Though Mbesuma carries a passport that says he was born on February 3, 1984 he is actually a year younger.

A year was added on so that he could attain an identity document and meet the minimum age of 16 that would then make him eligible for registration for first team football at Roan United back home in Zambia.