The Zambian international goalkeeper Kennedy Mwene is having a nightmare at Sundowns ashe is yet to be given enough chance to play in the new season. He has since been relegated to the third choice goalkeeper position after the Brazilians signed the Ghanaian international goalkeeper before the start of the 2017/18 season.
After losing Riyaad Pieterse it was reported that Kaizer Chiefs were interested in the Sundowns Zambian international goalkeeper Kennedy Mwene. They have since promoted young Bruce Bvuma to the first team from their MDC side. Briliant Khuzwayo is also back from injury and laso looking for an opportunity somewhere else.
News coming out of the Naturena based side about the possibility of bringing the experienced AFCON winner goalkeeper are said to be have stalled. Kennedy Mwene has struggled for game time at Mamelodi Sundowns following great performance by the Ugandan international goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and the signing of the Ghanaian international goalkeeper Razak.
Onyango went on to win the CAF African based player of the year after Sundowns’ success in the CAF Champions League. The second choice goalkeeper at Sundowns is currently Wayne Sandilands who is also doing very well between the sticks for Sundowns.
Kennedy has been considering a move away from Sundowns since the beginning of the 2015/16 PSL season and is now ready to leave the Chloorokop side. He is very keen to join a team of Chiefs’ qualities but the promotion of young Bvuma to the first team is the stumbling block for him.
Chiefs currently have Itumeleng Khune and Brilliant Khuzwayo left as the two experienced goalkeepers and the inclusion of Mwene into the team would mean Khuzwayo would be relegated to the third choice goalkeeper. Riyaad Pieterse left Chiefs for Supersport United after spending a lot of seasons on the sidelines.
The other two young goalkeepers at Chiefs, Luthando Sixhaso and Brylon Petersen are injured and not yet ready to play in the PSL. They are not available for selection soon and that is the main reason Chiefs are turning to the experienced Mwene.
With Mwene not interested in playing the second fiddle to any team, it remains to be seen whether he would be happy at Chiefs as no other goalkeeper has managed to defeat Khune for the number one position at Chiefs and Bafana Bafana.
Another hindering factor would be the contract that he has with Sundowns. It would be normal for Sundowns to ask for a few millions from Chiefs if they are really interested in Mwene. Sundowns are known to ask for millions for their players as other teams do the same when they inquire about players they are interested in.
With the January transfer window opening on the 1st January 2018, it is high time all teams interested in certain players to make sure they conduct their businesses in advance to avoid late registrations and confusion to players and coaches.
Kennedy Mwene has not seen much action of late for the past two seasons and might be a little out of form due to him not playing regular football but his experience is more important than any other factor. He has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in Africa when Zambia won the AFCON when he was the team captain.
Due to his lack of game time at Sundowns, he has also lost his spot in the national team and that has accelerated the possibility of a move away from Sundowns. He is determined to play regularly and be ready again for the Zambian national team.
Is the move to Kaizer Chiefs going to be good for Mwene? If Khune is still playing he won’t be afforded any game time soon and would have to wait for Khune to be injured or suspended. Mwene is a top class goalkeeper but the question lies ahead of him about game time or else he could find himself in the same situation at Chiefs.
Bruce played for Bafana Bafana in the COSAFA Cup and has a bright future ahead of him as he showed character and determination between the poles for his country in his first season in the elite football after playing about 2 games for Chiefs during their last games in the PSL that was won by Bidvest Wits FC.
Although Kennedy is not given a chance to play at Sundowns, he is still valued back home in Zambia as he is still their number one goalkeeper and captain.