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I never retired from active football – Kalaba

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The 2012 winning midfielder Rainford Kalaba says he has never retired from active football.

Featuring on Zed Podcast, Kalaba said he still has an active contract with Congolese Giants TP Mazembe, and was looking at remaining in the game for another two years before he could officially retire.

Regarding featuring for Chipolopolo, Kalaba says, “I can’t come to the National team when I have not been called.

“They Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) never call. The last time they called is the last game I played with Mozambique [in 2018]. My National team call up brought politics.

“Sven Vandenbroek the then Chipololo coach called me back and it brought politics again.

“I was very shocked after we lost 1-0 in Mozambique; then the coach called me to his hotel room and asked me what’s wrong?

“I asked him, ‘what do you mean coach?’

“He said, ‘No, I have been told a lot of things about you but I haven’t seen anything that they told me. Do you have a problem with the current FAZ?’

“I said no, I don’t have any problem with him (President) so it kept.

It then clicked my mind that maybe that is why I am never called up to the National team.

“May be there are some things they hide to the Zambian people. They need to come out and say it.

“The FAZ Executive need to come out and clarify everything because they damaged my name to other coaches to say Kalaba is indisciplined.”

Although Kalaba does not expressly state Kamanga’s name on the show as the reason behind his national team call up ban, he indirectly confirms speculation that the FAZ leader has vowed never to have the midfielder in national colors again.

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