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Mweene stays cool for spot kick

Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene admitted to feeling nervous as he stepped up to equalise against Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations.

The custodian converted a penalty in the 85th minute that gave Zambia a 1-1 draw in their Group C clash after Emmanuel Eminike had put Nigeria ahead on 57 minutes.

“It’s something I always dreamed of and it’s good for my reputation so I’m happy with it,” Mweene said.

“Even at my club I always take penalties, it’s not only for the national side. When I come here I do extra penalties at the end of training too and I get other players to take penalties against me.”

“It was intimidating as you have to walk all the way to the other side of the pitch but you have to keep cool. I knew we were a goal down and I had to score to make sure we got level so it was difficult but I kept my cool and scored.”

After picking up two points in their first two group games, Zambian coach Herve Renard thinks his side are still well-placed to qualify for the knockout stages.

“With the circumstances of course I’m happy with the result. We can’t forget we were taking on Nigeria and they didn’t lose one game last year and they continued in the same way here. We are still looking good for qualification too,” he said.

Fri 25 January, 2013
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