Zambian national team coach forgives Chama, but will discipline Kalaba

Zambian national team coach forgives Chama, but will discipline Kalaba
Rainford KALABA of Zambia

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 10:00

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda says skipper Rainford Kalaba will be called to the disciplinary committee ahead of next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

This comes after the TP Mazembe skipper went straight to the dressing room after being substituted in the second half of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique which they lost 1-0.

Kalaba was withdrawn for midfielder Given Singuluma and the coach said Kalaba will be sanctioned during a briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Chipolopolo will host the Desert Foxes on September 2 before facing the North Africans three days later in Constantine.


“We are going to discipline Rainford Kalaba. We are running an institution and discipline is non-negotiable,” Nyirenda said.

“You will see the team list. Destitution in Zambian football is because of the way we were handled by some coaches.

“We were not given good direction by some coaches. I am not going to have a soft hand on matters that will ruin them down, that will break their future, then I am a bad parent.”

On the other hand, the coach said he has buried the hatchet with midfielder Cletus Chama who also did not show sportsmanship against Swaziland last month as he went to the dressing room.

“For Cletus, he apologised after the game. He did not know what he did was wrong. He is a child. I told him that I forgave him before he even did that,” adds Nyirenda.

“I asked him a question, who I am not to forgive? I have wronged people, I have made mistakes, and people have forgiven me.

“I don’t want to be the coach who will contribute to his downfall. We will sit him down about direction in football.

“We have seen world-class stars who have fallen out of favour despite what they have done.”

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