Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene said he warned Ivory Coast star forward Didier Drogba that he would miss his penalty if it wasn’t genuine. Mweene teased Drogba in last Sunday’s Africa Nations Cup final with a blind man gesture just before he missed a 68th minute penalty.
The Elephants had won the penalty after Isaac Chansa brought down Gervinho.“Before he (Drogba) took the penalty I told him that if it’s a genuine penalty you won’t score and that you won’t even score if it wasn’t genuine. I said you won’t even see the goal,” the Free State Stars keeper said.“He took it and he hit it over the bar and I told him: you see it wasn’t genuine then he looked at me and just smiled.”
Mweene said that Drogba’s penalty miss was an early sign that Zambia would win the Africa Cup. The Goalkeeper of the Tournament said he wasn’t surprised that Drogba returned in the post-match penalties to successfully convert in a scoreless final that ended 8-7 on spot-kicks in favour of Zambia.
“He was nervous when he was taking it after the first miss … that’s why he took his time,” Mweene said. “I could see his teammates there were also pushing each other to go and take penalties.”
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