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Mweene downplays talk he's now Sundowns No.1

‘Tomorrow it can be Pieterse or Goss starting’

Sihle Ndebele Journalist
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene during the CAF Champions League 2021/22 football match between Al Ahly and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene during the CAF Champions League 2021/22 football match between Al Ahly and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Image: Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

Is Kennedy Mweene now Mamelodi Sundowns first choice goalkeeper?

This question has been triggered by Mweenes splendid display in usual suspect Denis Onyangos injury-forced absence. Barring the two CAF Champions League dead rubbers against Al-Hilal and Al-Merrick alongside the Nedbank Cup last 16 tie versus third-tier side Mathaithai, Mweene has started Sundowns last four games where he kept three clean sheets and conceded just once.

Reyaad Pieterse was in goal in the three aforementioned less-fancied games.

Mweene may have done exceptionally well in Onyango’s unavailability but the 37-year-old is downplaying the talks of now being the official No 1 keeper. Speaking to the media at the Nedbank Cup last eight draw in the middle of last month, Onyango, who is a year younger than Mweene, confirmed he had fully recovered from the hamstring injury that was troubling him, meaning now it is up to the coaches to decide if they reinstate him or persist with Mweene.

“I can’t say I am the first choice because any Sundowns keeper is capable of doing well. Tomorrow it can be Reyaad or Ricardo [Goss] who’s playing, so for me the most important thing is to use the chance when I get it and don’t look at myself as No1. The competition is healthy and we are like brothers as Sundowns keepers,” Mweene told Sowetan last week.

Sundowns have already clinched the MTN8 while they’re also cruising in the DStv Premiership, sitting comfortably at the summit, with the Nedbank Cup and Champions League quarterfinals spots having been secured as well. Onyango doesn’t see any reason why they can’t win an unprecedented quadruple this term.

“It’s possible for us to win all the remaining three cups. We have that belief because we have talent in the team and we’re all working very hard as a unit. We are pushing each other every day. Sundowns have the culture of winning, so we’re also hungry for trophies,” said Mweene.

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