Former Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba is in a “critical but stable” condition following a fatal road accident on Saturday, according to the country’s football association (Faz).

The 37-year-old was a passenger in a Mercedes Benz when it collided with an oncoming truck in the south-eastern Zambian town of Kafue.

The female driver of the car in which Kalaba was travelling was killed.

Faz say Kalaba, who is in hospital, suffered “internal injuries”.

A police report issued after the crash stated preliminary investigations indicate the accident was a result of “improper overtaking” by the Mercedes.

News on Kalaba is being closely monitored in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the forward played for TP Mazembe between 2011 and 2023.

There was confusion over the severity of Kalaba’s condition immediately after the crash when Mazembe posted updates on social media which the club has since clarified.