Rainford Kalaba (L) of Zambia and Mikel Obi of Nigeria during a World Cup qualifier recently
Monday Oct 31, 2016. 13:46
Zambia and TP Mazembe midfielder, Rainford Kalaba, says he is proud to captain the Ravens as he becomes the first Zambian to lead a foreign-based side.
Kalaba captained the DR Congo giants in their CAF Confederation Cup final first leg against Algeria's MO Bejaia.
Despite taking an early lead, Mazembe allowed the hosts to come back and score an equaliser.
However, the Chipolopolo skipper said that he was very thankful to coach Hubert Velud for giving him an opportunity to captain Mazembe.
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“I am very humbled for the trust the coach had in me and it is a great feeling for me to play this role, and we will win this cup,” Kalaba said.
Meanwhile, they suffered a setback in the match when Zambian midfielder Nathan Sinkala did not complete the match following his substitution through injury.
Kalaba, Sinkala and Kabaso Chongo were the only Zambians in the travelling party to Algeria.
The return leg is set to be at staged on Sunday, November 06 at Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi and Kalaba will hope to lift the trophy.