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Player Profile: The story of Miniva Munene

Name: Miniva Munene
Date of Birth: 18-12-1998
Age: 20 Years
Position: Goalkeeper
Previous Teams: Fountain of Hope, Green Buffaloes.
Current Club: Nkwazi Women’s Football Club
2019 FAZ Women’s League Season Appearance: 14

The ZamFoot Crew caught up with Nkwazi Women’s Football Club Goalkeeper Miniva Munene who shared her footballing journey so far in Zambia as well as her future plans which is to break in the National Team Squad and also inspire others.

Miniva Munene was born on 18th December, 1998. Her footballing journey started in 2013 with Fountain of Hope where she spent 2 years with this team and then later on in 2015 she moved to Green Buffaloes Women’s Football Club where she had a short stint of a few months.

In the same year 2015, she joined Nkwazi Women’s football club, a Zambia Police Sponsored side which is a Lusaka team based in Chibolya Compound where she’s currently playing for.

Speaking in an interview with the ZamFoot Crew, Munene said that her main target is to work hard and feature for the Zambia National Team.

“My future plan and target are to work hard and play for the National Team, I Believe in God’s time because it’s the best and my chance will soon come,” Munene said.

She draws her inspiration from the top two Zambian Goalkeepers Experienced Kennedy Mweene who is a long-serving Goalie for The Zambia National Men’s Team and plays for the South African Premiership side Mamelodi Sundowns while locally she looks up to Hazel Nali the Women’s team shot-stopper.

“I am inspired by Kennedy Mweene and I would also love to reach where Hazel Nali is so that I can inspire others too.”

She also urged those involved in the selection of National teams to also widen player selection because of the Abundance of talent around the country rather than calling the same names most of the time.

“Here in Zambia we are very talented and blessed when it comes to football at all levels. People are very talented only that when it comes to the selection they use the same players so there’s a need to widen up the selection and make sure others are given a chance to play.”

In this year’s Lusaka Region Women’s League Season, she featured 14 times for High Flying Nkwazi and then the memorable matches were a 2-1 home win against Red Arrows and 1-1 home draws against National Assembly and Green Buffaloes.


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