Kenya/Zambia: Top Keepers Out of Harambee Stars Friendly

30 September 2020

Three goalkeepers will be missing in action when Kenya plays Zambia in an international friendly match at the refurbished Nyayo National Stadium on October 13.

Veteran Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene has asked coach Milutin "Micho" Sredojevic to excuse him from the team.

Zambia's Daily Mail quotes Mweene as saying he is not ready to play for the national team again unless the Football Association of Zambia "fix their things".

In his place, Chipolopolo goalkeeping coach Miroslav Stojnic has called four local-based custodians; Jackson Kakunta, Lameck Siame, Sebastian Mwange, and Richard Nyirenda.

Keep calm

Stojnic has called for calm. He said: "I have over 25 years of experience working with goalkeepers, and my specialisation is grooming young keepers."

Mweene, 35, has enjoyed a glittering international career spanning 16 years. The highlight is winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper boasts of 121 appearances and two goals.

On his part, Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi has omitted two keepers Patrick Matasi and Farouk Shikalo from the 34-man line-up he named Monday.

Finland-based Arnold Origi, 36, has been recalled to the national team after a five-year absence. Zambia-based Ian Otieno and Ulinzi Stars' Timothy Otieno will back him.

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa said that the match will be played behind closed doors to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Zambia squad

Jackson Kakunta, Lameck Siame, Sebastian Mwange, Richard Nyirenda, Gift Zulu, Kondwani Chiboni, Benson Sakala, Zachariah Chilongosh, Benedict Chepeshi, Pride Mwansa, Kebson Kamanga, Luka Banda, Luka Ng'uni, Isaac Shamujompa, Solomon Sakala, Dominic Chanda. Leonard Mulenga, Robin Siame, Kelvin Kapumbu, Boyd Musonda, Gozon Mutale, Thomas Zulu, Laurent Muma, Paul Katema, Godfrey Ngwenya, George Chisala, Collins Sikombe, Chaniza Zulu, Clement Mundia, Amity Shamende, Patrick Gondwe, Bruce Musakanya, Kelvin Mubanga, Webster Muzaza, Emmanuel Chabula, Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba, Jimmy Ndhlovu, Joseph Phiri, Ricky Banda and Friday Samu.

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