Kalaba humbled by CAF award nod

Rainford Kalaba
Rainford Kalaba

Rainford Kalaba is humbled to have made 2013 CAF African-based player awards nomination list.

The Zambia and TP Mazembe midfielder was nominated for the second successive year after making the final three short-list for the 2012 award that went to Egyptian Mohammed Aboutreika.

Kalaba and Aboutreika have again been nominated for the 2013 award after making the preliminary 21-member list released by CAF at the end of last week.

“I would like to that CAF for recognising my qualities as a player. It’s not easy to be among the best in Africa,” Kalaba said.

“It shows that I am doing well and I am proving to people that I deserve to be nominated.

“Last year I was in the final of the same award and even this year, I would like to be in the finals. After that, anything is possible.”

Kalaba has been nominated after he helped inspire Mazembe to the final of the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup where they will play CS Sfaxien of Tunisia away in the first leg on November 23 and on the 30th in the return leg in Lubumbashi.

Meanwhile, Kalaba is one of three Mazembe stars nominated for the CAF African-based player award together with striker Mbwana Samatta of Tanzania and DR Congo midfielder Tresor Mputu.

The winner from a final three-man short-list will be unveiled on January 9 during an awards gala to be held in Lagos, Nigeria.