Kennedy Mweene

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Kennedy Mweene
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-12-11) December 11, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Lusaka, Zambia
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Mamelodi Sundowns
Number 1
Youth career
State House
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Lusaka Celtic ? (?)
2004 Lusaka Dynamos 27 (0)
2005 Kitwe United 30 (0)
2005–2013 Free State Stars 191 (11)
2013– Mamelodi Sundowns 47 (0)
National team
2004– Zambia 108 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8:16, 10 October 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2016

Kennedy Mweene (born December 11, 1984) is a Zambian footballer who plays for South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns as a goalkeeper. He has been on many occasions captain of his country. On 17 January 2015, Kennedy Mweene will be participating in his sixth Edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which is the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea from 17 January to 8 February 2015. The International football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football CAF.

Club career[edit]

Renowned for his penalty-saving and penalty-taking skills, Mweene is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment, winning the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season award (best player in the South African top division) in the 2008-09 season. The player has been in big demand with all of the big spending clubs in South Africa but remained loyal to Free State Stars until the end of the 2012-13 season. On 27 June 2013, he agreed to a three-year deal with Mamelodi Sundowns.[1] The player is represented by his business manager Ryan Hartslief of Bigtime Sports management in South Africa. Football experts wonder why no European club has asked for his services, despite being one of the best shot-stoppers the beautiful game has ever seen.

International career[edit]

Since being beaten from the spot by Samuel Eto'o at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, he has saved every penalty he has been presented with while playing for Zambia. He has been the first-choice goalkeeper for Zambia since making his debut in 2004 and was a participant at the 2006 African Nations Cup, 2008 African Nations Cup, 2010 African Nations Cup and the 2012 African Nations Cup. On 12 February 2012, Mweene kept a clean sheet during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final and saved one penalty kick (as well as successfully converted his own) in the shootout to decide the game, which was eventually won by Zambia. He was chosen as the goalkeeper of the tournament. During the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Mweene converted a penalty kick, earning a 1–1 draw against Nigeria and also saved two penalties during the tournament.[2]

International goals[edit]

Goal # Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 January 2013 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa  Nigeria 1–1 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
2 15 October 2014 Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola, Zambia  Niger 3–0 3–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Free State Stars
Mamelodi Sundowns
Zambia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Downs conclude Mweene deal". Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Ian (25 January 2013). "Zambia 1–1 Nigeria". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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