Kennedy Mweene

Kennedy Mweene (born 11 December 1984) is a Zambian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns and the Zambia national team. He is Zambia's most capped player, having represented Zambia more than 120 times.

Kennedy Mweene
Personal information
Full name Kennedy Mweene[1]
Date of birth (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 38)
Place of birth Lusaka, Zambia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) 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 90 (0)
International career
2004– Zambia 122 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:36, 17 February 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 July 2021

Club careerEdit

Renowned for his penalty-saving and penalty-taking skills, Mweene was arguably one of the best goalkeepers in Africa, winning the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season award (best player in the South African top division) in the 2008-09 season. He played for 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.[2]

International careerEdit

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.[3]

In 2015, Mweene participated in the sixth edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which was the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and was hosted by Equatorial Guinea from 17 January to 8 February 2015.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 13 January 2017[4]
Scores and results list Zambia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Mweene goal.
List of international goals scored by Kennedy Mweene
No. 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 qualifying


Free State Stars

Mamelodi Sundowns


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016: List of Players: Memelodi Sundowns" (PDF). FIFA. 14 December 2016. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Downs conclude Mweene deal". Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 27 June 2013. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  3. ^ Hughes, Ian (25 January 2013). "Zambia 1–1 Nigeria". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  4. ^ Kennedy Mweene - Century of International Appearances

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