Kalaba, a nominee for this year's Africa Player of the year award, has been ruled out of the vital clash by medical staff at his club TP MazembeUganda midfielder Tony Mawejje says the absence of Zambia midfielder Rainfold Kalaba could be an advantage to the Uganda Cranes ahead of the return leg match of the final AFCON 2012 Qualifying match pitting the two sides on Saturday.
Kalaba, a nominee for this year's Africa Player of the year Award, has been ruled out of the decisive clash by medical staff at his club TP Mazembe but the Chopolopolo doctors have summoned him to the team's training base in South Africa to assess his situation.
"He is a very good player who can make things happen. He gave us problems in the first leg match, especially in the first half. It could prove vital if he misses the tie but we have to be wary even in his absence because his replacement could be a dangerous player."
The two sides clash on Saturday at Namboole with Uganda Cranes seeking to end a 34 year wait to reach the Nations Cup final if they overturn a 1-0 defeat suffered in the first leg match played in Lilongwe.
The Ugandan contingent has meanwhile, registered a clean bill of health after the arrival of the foreign based legion and Captain Andrew Mweisigwa says that squad is ready to offer Ugandans a Jubilee present come Saturday, especially after near misses in AFCON qualification in the near past.
Uganda celebrated her 50th birthday since Independence early this week. "It could be the best time to make things happen. We have learnt from our mistakes against Kenya (when the country blew the last qualification chance), against Zambia, we will be more prepared and cautious."
At the same time some 200 Zambians have Chartered a special flight to Kampala and are expected to be part of the 45,000 plus capacity crowd.