African News: Zambia Wins first Africa Cup of Nations Finals after defeating Ivory Coast in a penalty shoot out, in an African football cup final.
Kolo Toure and Gervinho whom were both reluctant to take penalties failed to find the back of the net for Ivory Coast at 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Zambia’s young midfielder Rainford Kalaba also blasted over the bar after receiving an opportunity to seal the game for the Chipolopolo in the penalties shootout however Stoppila Sunzu managed to find the top corner to secure an Zambias incredible 8-7 victory over the Elephants.
Chelsea United striker and Ivorian skipper, Didier Drogba, had a heart stopping penalty miss during the second half, failing to clinch a winner for Cope de Vouir.
The resilient Zambian football team managed to outclass a star studded Ivorian team who have most of their players playing in the Premier League and European League.
The Zambian National Team was representing Southern Africa and did a very good job considering that the last time a Southern African team won the Cup of Nations was when Bafana Bafana took it in 1994.
Zambia who lost their entire team in a tragic plane crash in 1993, close to the venue of the final in Libreville played a very fast paced game, match Ivory Coast’s brute strength with speed.
The game was extremely emotional with Zambia’s National Team coach, edging them to push harder; the Frenchman was heard repeatedly shouting out from the bottom of his gut… “It’s our time”. Reported by News Zambia
Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene was astonishing making vital saves while his opposite number Boubacar Barry attempted to keep his record clean sheet in the tournament.
The Zambian squad showed a lot of bravery leading my captain fantastic, Chris Katongo in remembrance of the Zambian players who died in that crash in 1993.
Highlight of the games
• Chelsea forward Drogba missed from the spot
• Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene scores in Cup of Nations shoot-out.
• Kolo Toure andZambia National refuse to take penalty
Zambian National Team who died in a tragic Plane Crash in 1993
Efford Chabala (goalkeeper)
John Soko (defender)
Whiteson Changwe (defender)
Robert Watiyakeni (defender)
Eston Mulenga (midfielder)
Derby Makinka (midfielder)
Moses Chikwalakwala (midfielder)
Wisdom Mumba Chansa (midfielder)
Kelvin “Malaza” Mutale (striker)
Timothy Mwitwa (striker)
Numba Mwila (midfielder)
Richard Mwanza (goalkeeper)
Samuel Chomba (defender)
Moses Masuwa (striker)
Kenan Simambe (defender)
Godfrey Kangwa (midfielder)
Winter Mumba (defender)
Patrick “Bomber” Banda (striker)
Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu
Wilson Mtonga (doctor)