“Missing a penalty can happen to anyone” Kalusha backs under-fire Mweene

Kennedy Mweene
Zambia goalkeeper Mweene

Kalusha Bwalya has given his full backing to under-fire goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene after missing a penalty in last Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup home qualifier against Guinea Bissau.


Mweene squandered last minute spot-kick that was saved by Jonas Mendes to deny Zambia the three points against Guinea Bissau to see their Group E qualifier end scoreless in Ndola.


The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeepers’ decision to step up to the spot was the highlight of an otherwise quiet day for him in a match that he was not troubled by Guinea Bissau.


His miss came a fortnight after his blunder from a back-pass in the 2015 Cosafa Cup Plate final handed Malawi a 1-0 win.

“It can happen to anybody, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, they have all missed penalties, for the better part of the match Mweene was a passenger today,” Kalusha said.

“So it can happen to anybody, I sat down and I also encouraged him to go on because in this life if you don’t miss a penalty you don’t know what it means.


“He has scored important goals for Zambia and I think even the next time when we have one, Kennedy Mweene is number one choice to take the penalty we have every confidence in him.”



  1. if world class players wit the likes of mess en ronaldo cn miss a penalty in some rucial games. who is mweene nt to miss 1?

  2. has Ryan giggs missed a penalty in his carrier? kalusha himself denied Zambians to hav a fully furnished stadium to be belt in here with govt no cost at all. i feel pit for all soccer loving Zambians with this so called fool bwalya, who is mwene to be casual on such serious game, just drop the guy i miss uncle Chris and mbesuma

  3. A penalty is not a sure goal …..mind u there is a goal keeper who is at his best to stop tha ball going into tha net…..personally I will be fair on kennedy…..even great world players hav missd before…..as much as it pains me that’s tha name of tha game……pressure awe tefintu…….we didn’t win this one fine …….natupitapo apa ……let’s focus on tha next game…..