Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene is still confident of regaining his national team’s first choice position and he thinks he is still good enough to compete at the highest level even though he has not featured for the Chipolopolo for over a year.
The 35-year-old goal custodian last played for the national team in a 1-nil loss to Mozambique in an Africa Cup qualifier match on the 18th November 2018 but he thinks he has what it take to bounce back, “you know been a goalkeeper needs someone with maturity, you make a mistake and you are punished, you need to be talkative too.”
He continued, “Am still ready to be Chipolopolo’s first choice but it’s up to the people (coach) out there.”
Without a shade of doubt, Mweene is an icon and is one of the best goalkeepers to have graced the sport of football on the continent. He is known for his penalty saving ability and keeping a cool head to convert spot-kicks.
His trophy ladened career started at State House Lodge then went on to represent the Buchi Boys Kitwe United in 2005, then moved to the South African Premier Soccer League side Free State Stars.
In 2013, he joined Mamelodi Sundowns and went on to win the CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup, 2 Premier Soccer League titles, and the Nedbank Cup.
Mweene is the current most capped national team player with 121 games to his name and has urged whoever will take over from him to maintain high levels of discipline.
When asked if one day he will play in the Zambian Super League again, he refused to rule out a possible return after spending more than 15 years playing in the South African league, he said, “I can say yes or no, I will see what happens.”
In ending his interview with the Zamfoot Crew he was asked to pick his memorable moment in his career, he said, “I have so many moments but my best was in 2012, starting from the first game (of the Africa Cup of Nations) we played up to the final.”