Pretoria Callies coach, Kwanele Kopo has explained the importance of the club’s recently hired strikers’ coach Collins Mbesuma.
With strikers being arguably the most important position in a football team, Callies has roped in the former Kaizer Chiefs striker, Collins Mbesuma, to assist in the striking department as a striker coach.
The Romans struggled to score goals during the first half of the Motsepe Foundation Championship 2022/2023 campaign, having only scored seven goals in 12 matches. They are currently in 16th position in the Championship table.
Coach Kopo has been impressed by Mbesuma’s work so far.
“It’s very important to have Collins, it’s essential to have someone like him,” Kopo told Thisisfootball.Africa, “If you can go back to the first round of the season, you could see that we were playing very well. There is no game that we can say our opponents dominated us completely. We played very well last year, we created many chances, but we couldn’t score goals. So, I thought we needed someone like Collins, who has got the experience upfront to come and help out the team. Since he joined the club, we can see the changes. We have two or three finishing sessions every week, and he has done very well so far. And we hope that it will bear positive results.”
The Zambian international holds the record for the most goals scored in a single PSL campaign, following his 25 goals for Kaizer Chiefs in 2004/2005 season.
“He has got a vast amount of experience, he’s a good man, and he’s well respected for what he did in our football,” added the former SuperSport United development coach.
“We hope the experience that he has, he will share it with our strikers. You saw Siphelele Mthembu scored a goal against a tough side in JDR Stars, so it shows Collins work is important.”
The Tshwane side beat JDR Stars in the Nedbank Cup qualifiers match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium last week and will now face Golden Arrows in the last 32. Callies hopes Mbesuma’s striking skills will help the Callies striking department score more goals.