Nineteen years after a plane crash killed 18 national team players in Gabon, the current Zambian side provided a fitting tribute by securing the Africa Cup of Nations title just miles away from where the tragedy occured.
After performing impressively during the Africa Cup of Nations, securing wins over Senegal, Equitorial Guinea, Sudan and Ghana, Zambia were heavy underdogs going into the final against much fancied Ivory Coast.
The final was a victory for Zambia soccer as Herve Renard’s side comfortably matched the Flying Elephants and eventually won a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
One of the key moments in the encounter was Didier Drogba’s penalty miss but Zambia had their own chance to win the match outright when they hit the post in extra-time.
For Zambia football and coach Renard, thoughts now turn to the 2014 World Cup qualifiers where they now face tough matches against the Ghana and Sudan.
But, with heroes such as Stoppila Sunzu, captain Christopher Katongo, star striker Emmanuel Mayuka and goalkeeper Kennedy Mwene, the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) will be more than confident of future glory for Zambian soccer.
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