Mamelodi Sundowns did the unthinkable, after twenty- eight games as log challengers to then win it in the last ninety minutes requires characters, that is what Kennedy Mweene has. He took some time to chat to us about his journey
“Look, it wasn’t easy, but it’s sweeter because Chiefs were thirteen points ahead of us, we were still busy with the Champions League. I think we kept running our own race and we told ourselves to say no. There’s a lot of football to play and we continue focusing on ourselves. That’s where we find ourselves, where we are today because of the mental aspect of players.”
Masandawana under Coach Pitso Mosimane have created a culture of winning and being champions and Mweene feels that “it’s the mentality of some players, which we have a tendency I think. A lot of players here want to win. They want to make history. They want the other players who join Sundowns at a later stage when they are not around to make it difficult because it won’t be easy to compare Sundowns which are now playing because we are hungrier. I think it’s only hard work and it’s paying off because it’s not easy. We’ve been in camp for almost two weeks, which is high, you have got different characters in a team. And it’s not easy for the coach as well. But they are a credit to every player because we’ve never had problems, you know because we know what we wanted. And we fought in the same direction. All of us here.”
Kapalaya is one of the most decorated players in South Africa, he has won every trophy in the continent and he is still hungry for more.
“Five is nothing, it has to be more, the captain has seven. God willing, you never get tired of winning, especially when it’s in your DNA and winning and when I mean winning, not only winning games but winning trophies. It has become a habit for me. That’s what motivates me because I want more because I will never settle for less because that’s what I want because I want to be a person whereby I have a lot of trophies.”
The Brazilian goalkeeping department is one of the most experienced. Mweene shared his feelings when it comes to his department. ‘It’s about history. I think history is more important. I think the Coach knows why he signed me and Dennis. His team has goalkeepers who have played for their national teams, and have experience. I think it was unfortunate that Dennis got injured. But at the same time, I think the scariest part when you’re not playing as a goalkeeper is if you are not putting effort in training, I think it starts in training. I remain remain focused with my training only.”