Friday Apr 01, 2022. 12:00
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene spent the March FIFA international window back home in Zambia doing community work in the North-Western Province where he conducted a goalkeepers training clinic.
The veteran Chipolopolo goalkeeper spent the weekend of March 25-27 as guest of FQM Minerals in Solwezi where the FAZ Super League club the company owns, Kansanshi Dynamos, is based.
“I was invited by Kansanshi Dynamos because there is something that they are planning to do,” Mweene said.
“I saw their farmers’ league and different schools here where Kansanshi are giving back to the community.”
Mweene’s clinic drew goalkeeper coaches from the men’s and women’s teams located in and around the Solwezi area.
“It is part of their (FQM Mining) initiative to work with the players who won the 2012 AFCON to help motivate people here,” Mweene said.
“The main purpose was to come and encourage a lot of youngsters especially at grassroots level but I think three days was not enough but it is something we are looking to build on.
“For me, it is very important to put the word across and they were excited to see me and I also shared my own life story with them.”
Mweene added that mentorship programmes, like the coaching clinic he had conducted, were very vital at grassroots level.
“It is something I came here to share and as a country we are still struggling in the goalkeeping department,” Mweene said.
” So for me this is to encourage a lot of youngsters to take that position seriously and also to encourage the Kansanshi Dynamos goalkeepers.
“We have quality goalkeepers in the country but at the end of the day we still can’t produce three quality goalkeepers at the same time.
“It is something that is worrying and it is something that I am trying to focus on like in my spare time equipping myself with goalkeeper coaching courses.”