Patrice Beaumelle praises Kalaba

Rainford Kalaba
Rainford Kalaba

Zambia coach Patrice Beaumelle says he was delighted to have TP Mazembe midfielder Rainford Kalaba back after a six month exile from the team.

Kalaba ended his exile on March 5 with an eye-catching performance in an international friendly against The Uganda Cranes, which took place at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, as Chipolopolo ran out 2-1 winners.

“You know we call Rainford Kalaba ‘The Master’. He can make the difference and he made some very good moves and was one of the players in the match made the difference,” Beaumelle said.

“The team worked well together and when we were down he was one of the boys that made the difference, who pushed and created chances.

“I had not seen him since the World Cup qualifiers in September against Ghana in Kumasi and I am very glad to see him back.”

Kalaba had two chances saved by Denis Onyango in the fourth minute and his second half replacement Robert Odongkara in the 58th minute.

The Mazembe midfielder went on to play the full 90 minutes of the friendly.

Kalaba returned to the Zambia fold for the first time after his controversial decision to pull out of the Brazil friendly last October citing injury that led to a messy club versus country fallout.