Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Herve Renard © Backpagepix

Renard backs Mweene



Herve Renard believes Kennedy Mweene will be the man to secure Zambia’s desperately-needed place into Sunday’s quarterfinals.

Zambia, on two points, must beat Burkina Faso, with four points in both sides’ final Group C match at Mbombela Stadium on January 29 to clinch a place in the quarterfinals.

The Zambia and Free State Stars goalkeeper arrived at the 2013 finals with a penalty stopping repertoire from the 2012 event held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Mweene has not disappointed so far despite Zambia's poor form in South Africa where they have collected just two points from as many games in Group C ahead of their must-win final match against pool leaders Burkina Faso.

He has stopped one penalty in a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia on January 21 and converted another in a 1-1 finish against Nigeria to keep the defending champions in the hunt for a February 3 slot in the quarterfinals.

"In 2010 we drew against Tunisia 1-1 in our first game then we lost against Cameroon after a big mistake by Mweene," Renard said.

A howler in a 3-2 loss to Cameroon in their second Group D game in Angola led to a backlash at home for him to be dropped when it looked like another early Africa Cup exit beckoned for Zambia.

Mweene later atoned for his crime with heroic saves in a 2-1 win over Gabon to see Zambia scrape through to the last eight with Cameroon to see Chipolopolo reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1996.

"You see life changes and every Africa Cup brings to you some new experience,” Renard said.

“He (Kennedy) made a mistake I remember and people were talking; ah! you have to remove him!

"I remember my talk with him during that time and I told him: ‘you will get our qualification against Gabon’ and we won this game after a very good game.

"Kennedy I think learnt a lot during that game and now he is able to make the difference like he did in the last two games here congratulations to him and thanks to him."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Neil Tovey
Baxter’s men on the ball
Kaizer Chiefs’ 15-match winning streak may have ended but they remain the team to beat in the PSL.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Mata can't replace Rooney
Manchester United started the first of three crucial Premier League games against West Brom (away),...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Rodgers must focus on the league
Many footballers arriving in the Barclays Premier League have been warned of second-season syndrome.

Sunday Oliseh
Dortmund's winning formula is killing it
I sat in Signal Iduna Park to watch Dortmund over-run Arsenal and wondered, how long will it take...

John Dykes
A Gooner or a gonner?
An International Break can do funny things to the mind. Mine, for instance was heavily engaged this...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Why can’t soccer be like rugby?
Sport is supposed to be sport; something we all do for the love of it, for recreational purposes,...