It has emerged that promising Zambia midfielder Changwe Kalale suffered a spinal injury in Sunday’s car accident on his way to join Chipolopolo’s pre-2015 Africa Cup training in Lusaka that began on December 15.The Zambia Under 17 player was one of three Zambia call-ups injured in the accident together with defender Nyambe Mulenga and goalkeeper Satchmo Chakawa who also sustain serious injuries. “Changwe Kalale sustained a spinal injury that has left him paralyzed from the waist going downwards,” Zesco United spokesperson Katebe Chengo said.“He also sustained a right broken thigh and broken leg. His condition has been described as stable and is admitted to the University teaching Hospital (In Lusaka).”Kalale was expected to be one of Zambia’s top prospects at the 2015 CAF U17 Cup in Niger in February when the Junior Chipolopolo will make its tournament debut.He has one senior cap from Zambia’s friendly against Cote d’Ivoire that ended 1-1 in Lusaka on October 25. The defensive midfielder from FAZ Division One North club Chambeshi FC was given a lift to Lusaka on a Zesco club minibus that was involved in the accident in a head-on collision with another vehicle.Meanwhile, Nyambe plays for Zesco while Choma Eagles goalkeeper Chakawa was guest of the 2014 FAZ Super Division champions who are chasing his signature. Nyambe has a fractured right leg while Chakawa ruptured his spleen and bladder.
Hull manager Steve Bruce says he is “satisfied” with the point his side earned in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, despite being mere minutes away from claiming all three at the Emirates.The Tigers put in a stubborn display in north London, with Mo Diame and record signing Abel Hernandez firing either side of the break to put the visitors 2-1 in front after Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners and early lead.Arsenal were continuously frustrated by Hull’s organised defence and failed to really test substitute goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, but tiredness played a part as Danny Welbeck finally broke through in stoppage-time to net a fortunate equaliser.However, rather than lament what could have been, Bruce was full of praise for his side’s efforts.“I am satisfied with a point, but I think that is four times this season we’ve conceded in the last minute,” he said.“Today I didn’t think we were going to concede because we were comfortable, but we ran out of juice badly because the international players had been away and we made a few mistakes.“I thought we were going to hang on to what would be a great win for us.“However, I have been here before with teams where Arsenal have played the reserves and we have been beaten by six or five and gone away with our tails between our legs, so we have done extremely well to get a point.”Bruce revealed Jelavic had twisted his knee during the warm-up, while defender Michael Dawson also hobbled off in the second half with an ankle problem.Goalkeeper Steve Harper, meanwhile, looks set for a spell out of action, having to be replaced just before half-time by Jakupovic.“It looks as if he has ruptured his bicep, which is a horrible injury,” the manager confirmed.“He would love me to say he did it when he tipped the ball over the bar from Santi Cazorla, but it was a shot somebody scuffed and he went down.”