RAINFORD Kalaba says he has made a name for himself in football.
Kalaba shared his thoughts with KickOff.com on TP Mazembe’s win over SuperSport United and provided insight on his failed moves to Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
Kalaba helped the Congolese giants beat SuperSport 2-1 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final in Lubambashi on Sunday.
The return duel is set for Lucas Moripe Stadium this Saturday.
When asked if he expected to play for TK Mazembe for so many years, the former Chipolopolo skipper said his aim was to make a name for himself in Africa.
“In football, you have to make a name for yourself before you retire. My main aim was to win more cups in Africa and I’ve achieved that,” Kalaba said.
Asked about his future, he said he would decide on his next move when his contract expires next year.
“I just want to finish my contract which ends in December 2018 and from there I will see what comes after that. I cannot say I want to move, I still have a contract with this team which I need to respect,” he said.
And Kalaba said TP Mazembe faced a tough game against SuperSport United this weekend.
He said the game would not be easy.
“We won 2-1 the first leg but it’s not yet over. We still have a tough game coming up and it will not be easy. We all know how it is playing in South Africa, it’s definitely not going to be easy. We just have to be ready and play with our hearts,” said Kalaba.
Asked why he did not sign for South African club when he attended trials, he said: “I came to some teams but unfortunately they didn’t give me a chance to sign. In the end I decided to go to TP Mazembe because the team plays CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup every year. I said to myself, let me go and try my luck there. Playing in the CAF competitions is very important for any African player.”
On training with Sundowns, Kalaba said the experience was good.
“Everything was perfect. The administration was also professional and everything was in order,” he said.
During the January 2013 transfer window, Kalaba also came close to joining Orlando Pirates.
“Maybe it was an administrative issue because I don’t know what went wrong. I really cannot lie about it. I don’t know what happened. Both Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are big clubs in Africa, they have made history and it’s good for a player to play for any of those two teams,” said Kalaba.