By Sports Reporter
ZAMBIA’S first choice goalie Kennedy Mweene on Wednesday missed another spot kick for his South African club Mamelodi Sundowns which was ejected from the MTN8 Cup by Bloemfontein Celtic 4-2 on penalty shoot-out.
The former Zambian captain was introduced in the 66th minute for Denis Onyango during MTN8 quarter-final tie that was decided on penalties after finishing extra-time deadlocked at 1-1.
In June Mweene had his spot kick saved by his counterpart Jonas Mendez when Zambia settled for a barren draw in the Guinea Bissau 2017 Africa Cup of Nations opening qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Mweene was equal to the task throughout the regulation time of the MTN8 match but his heroic saves were brushed off by his failure to convert the penalty.
Celtic converted all their spot-kicks, but Asavela Mbekile and Mweene missed their penalties, giving the Bloemfontein side the much needed win.
Since losing his first place to Denis Onyango, Mweene’s performance has declined which saw him commit uncharacterised mistakes in the COSAFA tournament.
The 2012 AFCON medalist is renowned for his penalty-aving and penalty-taking skills which aided Zambia to lift the title for the first time. Ghana’s striker Asamoah Gyan and Ivory Coast veteran Didier Drogba were Mweene’s victims at the 2012 AfCON.
Meanwhile, Mamelodi coach Pitso Mosimane said that his side tried to overcome Bloemfontein Celtic but they were too stubborn. According to News.24 Mosimane claimed that Celtic kept coming at them despite Sundowns creating a number of opportunities to win the game. “They’re stubborn, they can afford to play this type of game and we have to play and we have to go forward and try and win,” Mosimane said.
“We pushed, we finally got our goal but we never kept the game, they came back stronger after we scored,” he said. It took the ‘‘Brazilians’’ 105 minutes to rattle the back of Celtic’s net – Langerman after delivered a great cross down the left flank to find Fiston Razak Abdul who finished with ease. Phunya Sele Sele bounced back from a set-piece and found an equaliser through Musa Bilankulu. The match then had to be decided on penalties which Celtic won 4-2.
“Credit to them (Celtic), they hung in there, they played the same way when we lost 5-0, they just keep hanging in there,” he said.