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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 July, 2005, 17:52 GMT 18:52 UK
Portsmouth sign striker Mbesuma
Collins Mbesuma
Mbesuma was the top scorer in South Africa last season
Portsmouth have signed Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma on a three-year deal, subject to a work permit.

The 21-year-old, who scored 34 goals for South African side Kaizer Chiefs last term, had been on trial at Bolton.

Mbesuma, nicknamed "The Hurricane", won last season's Player of the Year and Golden Boot awards in South Africa.

His prolific strike rate in front of goal helped to propel Kaizer Chiefs to a second successive domestic premier league title.

His agent, Mike Makab, told Portsmouth's official website that the deal was subject to Mbesuma getting a work permit.

"There were no hard feelings with Bolton and the manager was great - but they just wanted to look at Collins for a three or four days," said Makab.

"There was enough interest from other clubs for Collins.

"I think Pompey's gain will be a few other clubs' loss."

Mbesuma's displays at international level have boosted Zambia's chances of a maiden appearance at next year's World Cup finals.

The bulky forward's late winner in last month's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Mali left the southern African nation just a point behind Togo, the group leaders.

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