The Chipolopolo Boys’ coach Herve Renard had planned to take the newly-signed Downs player on a 10-day training camp.
“Mbesuma will join the team when it returns from Germany on August 24. It’s not that he’s been dropped,” Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Vice President Emmanuel Munaile Munaile told KickOff.com.
Also ruled out of the trip is Free State Stars goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
Renard, however, said the absence of some of his key players should not be treated as a setback.
Renard added that left wingback Joseph Musonda of Golden Arrows is unlikely going to make it for the trip but was delighted that SuperSport United midfielder Noah Chivuta would be available despite the fact his club will be playing Mamelodi Sundowns at the Atteridgeville Stadium on Sunday.
He also indicated that Matsatsantsa defender Davis Nkausu could make the trip if his club releases him.