Ever Present Williams To Push Mweene Into Retirement?

Kennedy Mweene
Kennedy Mweene

Mamelodi Sundowns will have a big decision to make in their goalkeeping department at the end of the season.

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Sundowns seemingly had the future of the team in mind after they signed goalkeeper Ronwen Williams in the off-season.

Veteran goalkeepers Denis Onyango and Kennedy Mweene, both 37, were the most trusted at the Brazilians before Williams' arrival.

Williams, 30, immediately took over the number one position and has played in all domestic league and cup games for Masandawana so far this season.

Mweene, who turns 38 in just under a week, has started preparing for life after football following his graduation at the PSL Transition Programme sponsored by Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

"My key takeaway from the whole programme was the fact that we are now able to ask questions because, at first, we did not understand," Mweene told the club's official website.

"As for myself, I have a farm now. I have a keen interest in its daily running and some of the things I picked up during the course.

"In future, I want to do Project Management Degree or Diploma. And with online learning, I will get a chance to pursue the qualification."

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Each PSL club selected four players between the ages of 28 and 35 to take part in the programme, with 64 players enrolling.

However, only 27 players graduated and Mweene went on to thank the club for their support in the online course.

"This was a great initiative by the league. I hope it doesn't stop with us and continues to that other players also get to be empowered," the Zambian carried on.

"It is making me eager to equip myself more. This was a revelation and I know that we all came out with a lot of knowledge.

"I give thanks to the club for the support they gave me, making it possible for me to be able to focus on my studies and for that, I'm grateful," he added.

There were reports at the beginning of the season that Mweene had signed a contract extension at the club, but the Tshwane giants could be tempted to start looking into the future of their goalkeeping department. 

Onyango signed a four-and-half year contract extension as announced by the club in February 2019, which means the deal expires at the end of the current campaign.

Sundowns' goalkeeper Jody February is currently training with the club after he could not get a loan or permanent move in the previous transfer window.

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The Brazilians also have Reyaad Pieterse, whose contract is expiring in June and is looking for game time while Ricardo Goss and Ismail Watenga are both out on loan at SuperSport United and Marumo Gallants, respectively.

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