Kalaba Injury Excites Uganda


store geneva; font-size: small;”>He said his priority would be to win against Uganda in the last leg of the AFCON 2013 when his team meets Uganda this Saturday at Naambole Stadium in Kampala.

information pills geneva; font-size: small;”>“Only one team would qualify for 2013 and I am going to Uganda to win and qualify my team to AFCON 2013, about it ”said Renard.

Renard was speaking during the Chipolopolo training at University of Johannesburg grounds yesterday afternoon.

Zambia are African Champions and as such, the Chipolopolo’s mission is to ensure qualification to South Africa next year to defend the title.

Today, Zambia would take on African Sport Youth Sport Academy (ASYSA) of Johannesburg in a practice match at 15:30hours.

Rainford Kalaba, who suffered a groin injury during an African Champions League semi-final, first leg match between his DR Congo side, TP Mazembe and Tunisian side Esperance in Lubumbashi on Sunday which ended 0-0, would be out of action for at least seven days.He was expected to join the rest of the team in Johannesburg last night for the Zambian doctors to assess him.

Meanwhile, Ignatius Mazeko reports that the impending withdrawal of Chipolopolo midfielder, Kalaba from the team that plays Uganda in the crunch final qualifying round, return match on Saturday has been received with joy in the Cranes’ camp.

Iceland-based Uganda midfielder, Anthony Mawejje told the local media yesterday after the Cranes’ morning training session in Nakivubo that Kalaba’s absence from Chipolopolo’s squad was a plus to his team.

“He is really a good player. He is a great midfielder. That’s how I rate him. We played against him in Ndola and he gave us problems especially in the first half,” said Mawejje, who plays for Icelandic Pepsi League side IBV.

“And when I hear he is injured, that is something I can say is a positive thing to our side. When you are a starter in a Zambian team that shows how important you are to the team,” he added.

Mawejje, however, said Kalaba’s replacement may just turn out to be the player to add more firepower in the African champions, who set up camp in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday evening.

“Of course I believe they have replacements and you never know, it could be Kalaba’s replacement that shines on the day. So it is not a guarantee that they will miss him,” he said.

And Felix Malunga reports that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) advance party to Uganda, led by vice-president, Boniface Mwamelo has expressed satisfaction with the improved state of Namboole Stadium in Kampala, the venue for this weekend’s crunch 2013 AFCON qualifier.

Mwamelo, who was accompanied by FAZ communications manager, Erick Mwanza to check on the progress, paid tribute to the Ugandan Football authorities for having taken some steps to ensure the playing surface was worked on before the game.

He said the surface was looking better than the last time he had inspected it despite the ground still being dry with some brown patches especially near the goal posts and also dotted around the pitch.

“It’s certainly far better than when we first came here. You can see that there has been work to grow the grass and to try and even the surface. It has had some improvements but obviously it could be better. It remains very dry, still has these brown patches, especially around the goal post areas and other dotted areas around the pitch. But it should be just okay for the weekend,” Mwamelo told soon after inspecting the 42,000-seater stadium.


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