Mweene earns credit at Sundowns

PSL

Veteran goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene has been lauded for maturing like wine as he continues to prove his reliability in competing with Denis Onyango at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mweene is now amongst only a handful of players in domestic football to surpass 350 games and though he hasn’t been a regular for several years now at Sundowns he has always been able to stand up when called for duty.

The Zambian joined Free State Stars in June 2005, suffered relegation in his first season then stayed on to play in the first division for a year during which he won promotion and then stayed on until he left for Chloorkop in 2013.

Due to turn 38 this year, Mweene is amongst the top five oldest players in the league and the only Zambian still playing in the PSL from the 2012 AFCON winning squad.

"You need to give credit to Kennedy for being able to stand behind Denis the same way Denis is doing now," says retired goalkeeper coach at Jomo Cosmos, Aime Kitenge.

"There is never any sense of jealousy between those even when the other does well or makes mistakes. When the other plays the other gives his support wholeheartedly. They also do the same to the other two keepers Ricardo (Goss) and Reyaad (Pieterse). Kennedy can play on any day regardless of how he has not been playing and that reflects how he trains.  

"When Denis says he is happy to see Kennedy he really means it. Those are the things you need in this game in the goalkeeping department instead of having one guy who will laugh with you and then be talking bad once you turn your back.

"Even when Denis was playing all along Kennedy was supportive the same way. That is what you need in the goalkeeping department because when you support each other it shows you understand that only one can play at a time, and you will be blessed with good performances when your chance comes.

"Denis has never felt like he is bigger than Kennedy even when he was winning all those awards just like Kennedy will not be like he is on top of the world now and more important because he is playing. I’m sure their goalkeeper coach Wendell Robinson will attest to what I’m saying. When they hug, they do so in a genuine way and I love that. Those guys know each other’s families. The plus is that they are both humble and you will never hear of them showing off," says Kitenge. 

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