Kennedy Mweene Unhappy with Zambia’s Defensive Tactics in AFCON Draw

Kennedy Mweene Unhappy with Zambia’s Defensive Tactics in AFCON Draw

Zambia’s legendary goalkeeper and 2012 AFCON winner, Kennedy Mweene, voiced his dissatisfaction with the Chipolopolo’s defensive strategy in their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mweene, speaking on Supersport after the game, criticized Zambia’s deep defensive line, emphasizing that they were too passive and camped in front of the goalkeeper throughout the match.

Mweene particularly questioned the decision to play with a three-man backline, stating his surprise at seeing Thandie Mwape in an unfamiliar right-back role. He pointed out that the team lacked offensive contribution from the defense, with only Rodrick Kabwe actively going forward. The former Chipolopolo goalkeeper also expressed concerns about the team’s inability to control the game and capitalize on counter-attacking opportunities.

Despite the critique, Mweene acknowledged Lawrence Mulenga‘s impressive goalkeeping performance, highlighting the young goalkeeper’s crucial saves that kept Zambia in the game. Looking ahead, Mweene stressed the need for the team to work on cohesion, positioning, and finishing, emphasizing that improvement in these areas is essential for success in the remaining group stage matches against Tanzania and Morocco.

The match against Tanzania is crucial for Zambia’s campaign, with the Chipolopolo aiming to secure a victory after the draw against DR Congo. Mweene emphasized that there are areas to address, but with two more games in the group stage, the team has an opportunity to refine their strategy and secure positive results.

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