Kalaba named U17 physical trainer

Kalaba named U17 physical trainer

Former Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba, 37, has taken up the role of physical trainer for the Zambia Under-17 national team.

Joining head coach Ian Bakala last week, Kalaba is part of a coaching team that also includes Dennis Makinka and Francis Kombe. The group recently worked with over 50 young players from across the country.

Due to the cancellation of the tournament in Ivory Coast, the Under-17 team has disbanded until August.

Kalaba, who recently survived a road traffic accident, had a successful career playing for TP Mazembe and also had stints in Portugal and Congo, where he won several continental titles.


Zambia’s national team coach, Herve Renard, is seen here stretching with players Christopher Katongo, Rainford Kalaba, and Francis Kasonde at the end of a training session in the village of Machina, east of Bata, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday, February 6, 2012.

Zambia was preparing to face Ghana in the African Cup of Nations semifinal soccer match in Bata.

Kalaba has an impressive record, having played in six African Cup of Nations tournaments (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015) and captained Zambia in the 2015 edition.

He was also a crucial part of the 2012 African Cup of Nations winning side.

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