Kalaba: Ex-midfielder’s health still critical but stable — Hospital sources


What started as an ordinary day on April 13 quickly turned into an evening of worry as conflicting reports emerged about the condition of former Zambian midfielder, Rainford Kalaba, involved in a serious accident along the Kafue-Lusaka Road.

Authorities at Zambia’s largest hospital, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), confirmed to Zambia Monitor in a statement on Sunday that Kalaba’s condition remained critical.

Providing an update on the condition of the 2012 AFCON winner in Lusaka, UTH Public Relations Officer, Nzeba Chanda, stated that Kalaba was still admitted to the hospital’s adult section.

“The current situation is critical but stable compared to yesterday,” Chanda remarked, adding that doctors were working round the clock to improve his condition.

Kalaba, aged 38, was involved in a fatal road accident that occurred around 12:20 hours at Kafue S Corners, near Kafue Quarry.

According to Police Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, the accident involved a Howo truck horse with registration number AIC 805 and trailer number BAC 9540, driven by Muyunda Isaac, aged 32 years, of Kamwala South.

Kalaba was reportedly in a Mercedes Benz car, which collided with the truck.

The unmarked car was said to have been driven by an unidentified female driver of unknown residence who, police said, died on the spot.

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“Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the accident,” Hamoonga stated.

He said Kalaba had sustained suspected internal injuries and had earlier been promptly transported to UTH for further medical attention.

Hamoonga added that preliminary investigations indicated that the accident occurred as a result of improper overtaking by the Mercedes Benz car, leading to a collision with the oncoming truck.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the families affected by this tragic incident,” he said.

On various social media platforms, netizens continue to worry over the midfielder’s condition.

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