This is after Zambia struggled in their away 2013 Africa Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday to win 9-8 on post-match penalties after losing 1-0 in the 90 minutes to finish 1-1 on aggregate.
Renard told MTNFootball.com that the scenario in Kampala would have been different had Zambia also had a fully fit Dutch-based striker Jacob Mulenga of FC Utrecht.
“Of course we missed Kalaba , we missed Jacob Mulenga, on a pitch like this? Of course,” Renard said.
The TP Mazembe midfielder missed the 2013 Africa Cup final leg qualifier due to a groin injury while Mulenga was mourning the passing of his father last week.
“You know Rainford Kalaba is one of the best Zambian players,” Renard said.
“You can ask any coach in Africa they know Rainford Kalaba.”
Two years ago in Angola, Kalaba missed Zambia’s key 2010 Africa Cup quarterfinal clash against Nigeria due to suspension that the Super Eagles won 5-4 on post-match penalties after a scoreless draw at the end of extra-time.
“When you are not playing with Rainford Kalaba like the quarterfinals in 2010 it is not good news but the most important thing is to be strong,” the Frenchman said.