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Renard Admits Zambia Can’t Do Without Kalaba

Herve Renard has admitted that Zambia can’t perform well without Rainford Kalaba.

This is after Zambia struggled in their away 2013 Africa Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday to win 9-8 on post-match penalties after losing 1-0 in the 90 minutes to finish 1-1 on aggregate.
Renard told MTNFootball.com that the scenario in Kampala would have been different had Zambia also had a fully fit Dutch-based striker Jacob Mulenga  of FC Utrecht.
“Of course we missed Kalaba , we missed Jacob Mulenga, on a pitch like this? Of course,” Renard said.
The TP Mazembe midfielder missed the 2013 Africa Cup final leg qualifier due to a groin injury while Mulenga was mourning the passing of his father last week.
“You know Rainford Kalaba is one of the best Zambian players,” Renard said.
“You can ask any coach in Africa they know Rainford Kalaba.”
Two years ago in Angola, Kalaba missed Zambia’s key 2010 Africa Cup quarterfinal clash against Nigeria due to suspension that the Super Eagles won 5-4 on post-match penalties after a scoreless draw at the end of extra-time.
“When you are not playing with Rainford Kalaba like the quarterfinals in 2010 it is not good news but the most important thing is to be strong,” the Frenchman said.
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74 Responses to Renard Admits Zambia Can’t Do Without Kalaba

  1. NDIYO ZO PULAMA Reply

    October 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Cliiford all this people requesting for your comeback maybe it might be Jehovah God trying to give you another chance..dnt blow it

  2. derricknho Reply

    October 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Renard will never coach any team and succeed because his knwoledge in football is very limited.We are not going anywhere and we will be booted out at group stage in Jan 2013 Afcon. Mark my words we do not have a good coach and Kalusha is to blame because he has very little time for Zambian football and he can not advise his useless coach.Egypt, Sudan, DRC and many more have their national team comprising the majority of locals playing for one of the major if not top club in their conutries. We also need to take advantage since we already have more than six zambians at TP mazembe and blend them with other proper pros (not from China) and the locals.Currently, the coach looks like he is run out of ideas and it sad that we have played 4 competitive games with the trend of poor performance and it is getting worse. Kalaba is not Zambia, he played at home against Ghana,Uganda and away in Sudan.What difference did it make? All four games we have played, Sunzu and Mweene have been outstanding. When we will miss Sunzu and Mweene, it will be kafwafwa!!!!!

  3. dice Reply

    October 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    i dnt agree with coachez.we can do witout Kalaba,its high tym we changed our squad,surely we cant retain yhe cup with the same squad

  4. direct Reply

    October 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Christopher katongo and Mbola, mbola is weak soldier to handle that position ,,joseph Musonda does much better.

    Chris has moods….he should at all times be committed to deliver. Coach at last we will loose confidence in u cause u go for names.. go for abilities…let chris go thru the experience of being on substitution.

  5. period Reply

    October 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Just a question. Do our …….FAZ consider our complaints. plz u …..s tell your HR to include mulenga and other young local player in the squared

  6. Kankoyo Man Reply

    October 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score. The team cant score

  7. Wa John Uzo Reply

    October 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    You can only score if ball supply upfront is sufficient. The mid field is key in any football is it fit ball.
    When Kalaba is not there, then Jacob Mulenga need to be upfront. He is good at aerio balls.
    This happens also when we have strong opponent who over power us in the midfield. This becomes the plan ‘b’

  8. Shibukombe naplani Reply

    October 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

    countrymen and women let us promote competition in the national team let us have a lot of players to turn to as opposed to the kalaba situation.

  9. zambians forget easily Reply

    October 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Herve Renard is the one who brought the trophy home for the first time and today he has become useless because he has said the truth……… those old footballers you were always praising all failed. yes Zambia cant dowithout Rainford and thats the bitter truth

  10. Luke Reply

    October 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    A problem identified is a problem solved. I think that the coach is not sitting idle just because he mentions a particular player. The Kalaba issue is a challenge for the coach and also the footballers in the making. Zambia can only get better and better things are yet to come. Gooo Zambia and best wishes.

  11. shi mine Reply

    October 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    kalaba was training on monday at Mazembe stadium and yet on saturday he was allegedly too injured even for light training, ahead of the crucial esparance return leg against esperance this week end….

  12. shi mine Reply

    October 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    kalaba was training on monday at mazembe stadium, and yet he was too injured even for light training on saturday. he was training in preparation for the second leg against esperance…..something doesnt seem right. what i know about Moise’s boys is that they are loyal to him because he takes good care of them. but like i said, somethig doesnt seem right, any way, we managed to qualify..

  13. faramborators Reply

    October 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    bukali apanda umwaiche kalaka………….!!!!

  14. faramborators Reply

    October 17, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    bukali apanda umwaiche kalaba………….!!!!

  15. Kennycool Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

    the secret is supply of balls….coach find someone who can in the absence of Kalaba

  16. kenny G Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    everyone can kick football but Kalaba can play.we need him at all games if God permits.Kampala situation worked good for us he was going to miss a spot kick?

  17. simwawa Reply

    October 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

    We can propose this and that player, but the coach and faz president wil hav a final say. Not imwe!!!

  18. Mulenga Reply

    October 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Inspire other players that is building zam national team for the future.

  19. the Mbetis Reply

    October 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    just bring fwayo and cliford then suck chris and his brother they tired especially chris his finished no kukakila ama goals abanankwe twaliumfwa

  20. malume Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Let us not put all our efforts on one player (kalaba)he is just a player like other players in fact we have others who are better than him (kalaba)Just the word of encouragement to our coach to consider other players as wel.For today I will end here.

  21. Kurtis Reply

    May 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hi to every body, it’s my first pay a quick visit of this blog; this web site consists of awesome and really excellent material for readers.

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