Mbesuma adapting to England
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth's Zambian star Collins Mbesuma is starting to settle into life in England.Portsmouth's Zambian star Collins Mbesuma is starting to settle into life in England.
The striker sealed a summer switch to Fratton Park from Kaizer Chiefs and arrived with a big reputation after breaking a number of goalscoring records in South Africa.
However, the 21-year-old has not yet settled as expected and has been limited to just three substitute appearances for Pompey.
Mbesuma has had problems with his fitness, but he is now hopeful that he can make a big impact.
"Life is okay, I can't complain," Mbesuma told Lusaka-based The Post.
"In terms of differences between the way I used to live in Zambia, there is a difference in everything. You can see the difference in almost everything.
"When I arrived in England to start my career with Portsmouth, the first thing that struck me was the weather. Despite arriving in summer, the weather was so unfriendly as it could suddenly get cold.
"In order to fit in, I have had to make adjustments in so many areas. This includes embracing a new culture and social life. In terms of food, it is different but whenever I have an opportunity, I eat Zambian food prepared by my wife."
Mbesuma admits his frustration at the start he has made to his career at Portsmouth.
"The starting point will always be frustrating but this is football and one has to accept such experiences," he continued.
"As you might remember, after clinching the deal, I spent a long time in Zambia trying to sort out my work permit issue.
"I came from Africa and this is Europe - there will always be differences in terms of football and understandably, a player has to have more time for adjusting.
"It was really painful to start in the reserves but I have picked form and I am happy with my levels of fitness. I can now feel and see that things are becoming easier."