By James Sibeleki
Chipolopolo Boys coach Wedson Nyirenda has said Rainford Kalaba is not indispensable, adding that he is just like any other player.
Responding to whether Kalaba’s absence will negatively effect Chipolopolo, Wada indicated that all the players in his roster are dependable.
“Kalaba is just a player like any other player. We have made this team consisting of the 23 players that will play tomorrow.
While it took time for him to stamp his authority, the axing of the so called big players with ego has seen the upturn of fortune for Zambia.
Without Kalaba, Collins Mbesuma, Fwayo Tembo and Clatus Chama, Zambia recorded back to back victories against a North African powerhouse against all odds.
Currently, it’s just the trio Kennedy Mweene, Stopilla Sunzu and Chisamba Lungu remaining from the golden generation which brought the African Cup of Nations trophy home.
“There is no player who is indispensable in Zambia this time. We only depend on who is going to deliver that day and according to our plans.
Despite those victories over Algeria, opinion is still divided over the continued snubbing of especially Kalaba and his TP Mazembe teammate Nathan Sinkala.
A decade ago, Kalaba and Nyirenda worked together at Zesco United as they helped the Ndola side establish itself.
Should Zambia hold their own on Saturday in Uyo State, then it will be unlikely that the Power Dynamos and Kaizer Chiefs legend will have to respond to a Kalaba query again.