Saturday Jun 26, 2021. 09:11
Veteran goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene has confirmed that he will end his three-year Chipolopolo exile during next month’s 2021 COSAFA Cup.
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper has not played for Zambia since November 2018 after he requested not to be considered for international duty.
Mweene’s return will also see him end his thirteen-year COSAFA Cup hiatus since Zambia finished third at the 2008 edition held in Thulamahashe.
“About coming back to the national team, well, I think the most important thing here is you have to look at the bigger picture. You have to know when the country asks you to come back, you cannot waste time or think about it,” Mweene told AF.
“It is good that I am back but there is a lot of work to be done.”
In his absence, the revolving door has witnessed eight goalkeepers swap the number one shirt.
“It is always an honour to be wearing my country’s jersey. My country comes first,” said the 2012 AFCON winner.
Mweene added that he also understood the pressure the defending COSAFA Cup champions are under heading into the tournament especially after three successive AFCON qualifying flops.
Chipolopolo are in Group B at the 2021 COSAFA Cup where they have been drawn against Madagascar, Comoros and Malawi.
Zambia will kick off their COSAFA Cup title defence against Comoros on July 7 at the tournament South Africa will host from July 6-18 at Nelson Mandela Bay.
“Look, nowadays they are no easy games or easy teams. It won’t be an easy tournament,” Mweene said.
“The group is tough, so I think for us we have to work hard considering that Zambia are the defending champions. It is very important to retain it.”