Kalaba is ruled out of action for over seven days and will only resume light training after the weekend Zambia would have played Uganda in a decisive final round, return leg qualifier at Namboole Stadium in Kampala.
The news is a huge blow to coach Herve Renard’s team after they set up base in South Africa on Sunday where they started getting ready for this Saturday’s clash.
As the Zambian legion at TP Mazembe players were boarding their flight out of Lubumbashi to Johannesburg this morning, Kalaba remained behind in the Democratic Republic of Congo where medical staff were attending to his groin injury.
The influential star midfielder was one of the four Zambian players that were part of the TP Mazembe side that featured against Esperance in the CAF Champions League first leg semi-final in Lubumbashi yesterday.
Zambia, on the other end, carries a 1-0 advantage into the second leg against Uganda but the absence of Kalaba will give Renard headaches as the player has proved to be Chipolopolo’s mainstay in controlling proceedings in the middle of the pack.