Zambia midfielder Rainford Kalaba has insisted that he will not join Egyptian side Zamalek. Portuguese side Sporting Braga loaned Kalaba to Zamalek for six months.
Kalaba said, in an interview in Ndola on Sunday, that he has told his agent to withdraw the six-month contract with Zamalek.
“ I do not want to go there. No one can force me. I am old enough to make my own decision. I did not get anywhere from Zamalek. What I know is that Zamalek paid Braga for the loan,” he said.
Zamalek are demanding a $25 000 refund, which they paid as part payment to Braga for Kalaba to shift. Kalaba said he will be training with Zesco United.
“Since I am not going to Zamalek, I will be training with Zesco United. I have three months remaining before the loan expires and thereafter I will go back to Braga to hear whether they want me or not,” he said.
Kalaba signed a five-year deal with Braga, which expires in 2012.
He also said he had some personal problems to sort out.
Kalaba had a good outing at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, where the Chipolopolo were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Nigeria.
He was voted man-of-the-match in the 1-1 draw with Tunisia and went on to contribute a goal in the 2-1 win over Gabon.
Source: Zambia Daily Mail