Pompey win striker appeal
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Collins Mbesuma has been granted a work permit for his move to Portsmouth.Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma has completed his move to Portsmouth after being granted a work-permit by the Home Office.
Mbesuma was refused an automatic work-permit, but Pompey have staged a successful appeal and the 21-year-old will now be given the chance to prove himself in The Premiership next season.
The African marksman notched 35 goals for South African outfit Kaizer Chiefs last season as they retained their title and Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric is overjoyed to have finally secured his man.
"I am delighted football justice has prevailed and we are able to seal an exciting addition to our strike-force," he stated.
"As everybody knows his goalscoring rate is phenomenal and he deserves his chance in the best league in the world.
"He has to be allowed time to settle into his new surroundings but we have now signed seven players and all of them internationals."
Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie was equally happy and insisted Mbesuma could have as big an impact as Yakubu Aiyegbeni who departed for Middlesbrough this summer.
"As in all transfers there is an element of risk and Collins will need a period of adjustment here but he has exceptional talent. The right decision has been made," Storrie added.
"Yakubu was a risk when he first came here but in reality it did not turn out that way."
Mbesuma has agreed a three-year deal with Pompey who are believed to have forked out around £500,000 for his services.