Quite often in a match as big as the Kitwe derby, The heroes usually come in the shape of goalscorers and match winning creative players, but the latest edition of the mouth watering clash brought up the name of an upcoming shot stopper in the 23 year old Lawrence Mulenga.
Lawrence Mulenga worked his way back into the limelight after a stellar showing against City Rivals Nkana at Nkana stadium on Saturday where he made a man of the match performance having made 9 saves that included a penalty from former Power Dynamos teammate Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba.
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Having started his competitive football in the Lusaka Amateur Provincial League with Blue Bullets FC, Lawrence has made strides at becoming a top goal keeper in the league having also made the preliminary 2017 U20 Squad before not making it to the U20 Afcon and World cup in the same year.
Just as well Lawrence went on to make a name for himself at Super League Side Kabwe Warriors in 2017 when he played his 4th season at the club that happened to be the season that put him on the radar of Power Dynamos who made no hesitation in securing the shot stoppers services.
Then 22 year old Mulenga went to grow his reputation as a safe handed goal minder who is very good with the ball at his feet and is always ready to be part of ball retention and start plays from his own box.
Lawrence is often profiled as a keeper with a long arm reach, good reflexes and excellent footwork. Having already made a few camps for local based Chipolopolo players, The Young goalkeeper may soon be making his return to the fold as preparations for the CHAN tournament are set to kick off any time soon.
Should he continue on this same path he might just be the long term replacement for the legendary Kennedy Mweene as time is slowly catching up. Mulenga however needs to keeping working hard and stay disciplined he has any chance of stepping in the huge shoes of the 2012 AFCON winning goalkeeper.
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