Zambian football icon and African football legend Kalusha Bwalya did not vote for Rainford Kalaba in the race for the CAF award for Best African Player based in Africa.
According to details availed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Kalusha gave his first vote worth five points Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, while his second vote worth four points went to eventual winner Dennis Onyango with Kalaba getting paltry three points from the former Football Association of Zambia, FAZ president.
Each member association had carried a vote for everyone of the five finalists with the highest vote weighing five points.
A panel of media experts as well as techincal and development comittee members which Kalusha is member of also carried a vote each.
The Zambian vote was carried by Wedson Nyirenda (or Honor Janzza) and they voted Kalaba (5), Billiat (4) and Onyango (3).
While the whole of Zambia rallied behind the Chipolopolo skipper, the 1988 African Footballer of the Year did not.
Going by form, Kalaba was the favourite as he had scored 7 goals in as many matches for TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederations Cup while Zimbabwe’s Kharma Billiat just scored 2 goals in their CAF Champions League run.
Both Kalaba and Billiat play in an almost similar position on the wing.
Kalaba came out third to Billiat and goalkeeper Denis Onyango who was named as African Player of the Year – African based.