Kalaba: Zambia are rising

Rainford Kalaba and Mikel John Obi fight for the ball
Rainford Kalaba and Mikel John Obi fight for the ball
Kalaba Rainford being challenged by Omeruo Kenneth Josiah and Echiejile Elederson
Kalaba Rainford being challenged by Omeruo Kenneth Josiah and Echiejile Elederson

Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba says things can only get better for Chipolopolo after Saturday’s solid performance away to Cameroon.

Chipolopolo held the seven-time FIFA World Cup finalists to a 1-1 away draw to collect their first point from two rounds of matches played in the Russia 2018 Group B qualifiers.

“If we continue to play the way we did against Cameroon, then the sky’s the limit,” Kalaba said and whose assist led to Collins Mbesuma’s goal in the 33rd minute.

“We started with a loss, then a draw and I think the next game is a win.”

Zambia have one point and are now 3rd and five points behind leaders Nigeria and one point adrift of second placed Cameroon.

Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 in the two sides opening Group B qualifier at home in Ndola on October 9.

Chipolopolo host bottom of the log Algeria during the Weekend of August 28 and make the quick turnaround on September 2 in a match that will likely decide second place heading into November’s penultimate round of Group B matches.


  1. Anyokooo, on April 7th, 1985 (Easter), Zambia Beat Cameroon 4 goals to 1. The 3 goals were scored by Michael Chabala. The 4th goal was scored by Aaron Njovu. In a return match two weeks later, Zambia drew with Cameroon 1 all. Zambia’s goal was scored by Jones Chilengi (Defender, playing # 5) via a free kick from outside the 18 yard area. The coach then was Colonel Brighton Banda (local). I am talking about this because at that time one of the ZNBC commentators, Reuben Banda, pledged his finger if Zambia beat Cameroon. The rest is yours, Anyokooo, to figure out!

  2. @jason I agree with you. The rest is his to contemplate what will happen to his wife. If you watched the previous match you would have seen that the referee was biased towards Cameron. Zambia did hold on although the penalty was awarded to them that was a hash decision to make. Anyway like Jason said the rest is yours.

  3. When you fail to qualify for AFCON, and collect 1 point out of a possible 6, you’re not rising. Sorry, but both Zambia and Cameroon are falling. This isn’t the Roger Mila Cameroon. The qualifiers are about to get brutal. I’ll be shocked if Zambia can get a point in the next few matches.

  4. Go Zambia go….to draw against Cameroon in Limbe is a morale booster indeed. This is a team on the rise…good job Wedson. Now we can focus on home matches next year. We win two, we good to go.

  5. Please drawing to your fellow amakula it shouldn’t make you happy Nigeria hammered nyirenda 2_1,you now travelling to Nigeria to be baptize with 4_0

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