The Chipolopolo medical staff did not even need to do a fitness test as influential midfielder Rainford Kalaba made remarkable recovery to stake a claim in the starting 11 in Thursday’s crunch group D decider against Gabon.
Venue: Estadio Nacional de Ombaka, Benguela
Kick Off: 5pm local time (6pm Zambian time)
After being pulled out in the game against Cameroon, Kalaba limped off two training sessions and team doctor Joseph Kabungo had hinted at giving the Portuguese-based midfielder a late fitness test on Wednesday evening.
The test was shelved as Kabala came through two training sessions without any problems. He looked particularly sharp in the Wednesday morning session when Renard gave pointers to his starting team.
“Rainford has made remarkable recovery. We were worried after the game against Cameroon and thought that he would not make the team for Gabon. Howver, he is sharp and does not limp or have pain in his thigh anymore,” Dr Kabungo told www.fazfootball.com, adding: “He is ready for the game against Gabon and should do his usual best.”
On Thursday morning, the doctor declared the whole team fit and in good mental shape.
“We have a clean bill of health and that is what you want going into a game as crucial as the one against Gabon,” Dr Kabungo said.