Chief Kanyensha of the Swaka people in Mkushi district of Central Province has pledged cattle and 250 hectares of land to Zambia National Soccer team Goal keeper Kennedy Mweene.
Chief Kanyensha disclosed this to ZANIS in Kabwe yesterday saying Kennedy Mweene should be commended for saving Zambia from being knocked out of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament when he denied the Ghana’s Black Stars, a goal through a penalty.
The Chief was however quick to shower praises on the entire team for the manner it played Wednesday night’s game adding that he was sure this time, the Africa Cup would be won by Zambia.
Chief Kanyensha said he was impressed by the national team’s Semi-final result in which Zambia beat Ghana 1-0 to qualify to the finals.
The Traditional ruler said though team work produced the result, Mweene’s performance was outstanding thereby leaving him (Chief Kanyensha) with no choice but to award him with a cow and a steer (female and male) and 250 hectares of land to appreciate his service to the nation.
He said Mweene should travel to chief Kanyensha’s palace upon arrival from the AFCON tournament to collect his animals and also to see his 250ha land.
Chief Kanyensha has appealed to the Provincial administration to help Mweene in processing title deeds for the land he has been awarded.
The Traditional ruler said according to his assessment, Wednesday’s game was tough and was not easy for Zambia to emerge winners but because of resilience, the team managed to qualify.
“ I counted ourselves out when I saw the referee pointing to the penalty box. But little did I know that Mweene was steady and that he was there for Zambia, the boy impressed me a lot,’ said chief Kanyensha.
Another soccer fan, Honest Kaliki said Chipolopolo players deserved praises for beating teams such as Ghana which were regarded experienced and better on the continent.
Kaliki said Mweene did a lot for Zambia by parrying away the penalty kick and deserved to be commended.
Zambia beat Ghana 1-0 in the 79th minute through Striker Emmanuel Mayuka sailing through to the AFCON tournament billed for Sunday in Libreville, Gabon.