JOHANNESBURG – Zambian national team captain Kennedy Mweene believes it takes togetherness within the team to win the Africa Cup of Nations.
In the 28th edition of the coveted continental showpiece, then-captain Chris Katongo and his compatriots dominated the African safari following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win against Ivory Coast.
That was the first African title for Chipolopolo as they mastered their trade by coming together as a team. Then the majority of the players were plying their trade in the elite league of the South African Premiership, but their continental aspirations brought them together as team.
Katongo was on the books of Jomo Cosmos, Mweene donned the No 1 jersey for Free State Stars, while Isaac Chansa would go on to inspire Orlando Pirates to the Premiership title.
“You can have players but you don’t have a team,” Mweene stated. “You can have the best players in the world but if they are not working together, forget it, you are not going to win anything. I think it’s about the togetherness in the camp and all of us had to put our egos aside.”