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Zambia Breaks Cote d’Ivoire To Emerge African Champions

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The 2012 edition of the African Cup of Nations was wrapped up in Libreville with Zambia’s Chipolopolo emerging champions. The Zambians beat favourites Cote d’Ivoire 8-7 on penalties. It was a tension soaked encounter with both sides losing scoring chances. The two goalkeepers were also at their best. Didier Drogba threw away the goal that could have wrapped the game up in regulation time. Gervinho was brought down by two Zambian defenders in the second half. The resultant penalty was however ballooned over the bar by Drogba.

At the last minute of regulation time, skipper, Katongo’s attempt to put Zambia ahead hit the upright and the game had to go into extra time after both teams failed to score in regulation time.

And at the end of 120 minutes of great soccer artistry, there were no goals. The game thus went into penalties. After the first set of 5 penalties were scored, it went into sudden death. Kolo Toure and Gervinho missed their kicks.

It was sweet victory for the Zambians whose team died off the coast of Gabon in 1993. The winning team had earlier paid a visit to the Gabonese coast in honour of their fallen football heroes.

 

 

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