Empowering Zambians in the New England Area
Our great nation Zambia triumphed Sunday February 12, 2012 as they lifted the Orange Africa Cup of Nations by beating favorites Ivory Coast, 8-7 in a dramatic penalty shoot out.
The Chipolopolo Boys (Copper Bullets) knew it was their destiny to win the tournament; as winning would honor the fallen heroes of the National Soccer Team who passed away when their plane crashed off the coast of Gabon in 1993.
Zambia’s coach Herve Renard is quoted as saying, “We know what we wanted to honor this evening. It was a sign of destiny, written in the stars. There was a force with us. I think God has helped us and given us strength.”
The young Zambian team were the underdogs throughout the tournament, as the Ivorian team was fully confident with their roster of European based soccer players.
Drama mounted in the exciting game during the post match penalty kick out, when both teams tied at 6-6. Kolo Toure, who plays for Manchester City missed the seventh penalty for Ivory Coast, giving Zambia the advantage. However, Rainford Kalaba also missed his spot kick. When Arsenal striker Gervinho could not convert his penalty kick, it was time for Zambia to make history, to meet her destiny. Stophila Sunzu (Zambian Defender) scored the decisive penalty kick making Zambia win their first-ever Africa Cup.
Zambia are Africa’s Champions and ZANE congratulates Zambia’s National Soccer Team for bringing pride and honor to our beloved country.
We are proudly Zambian!!! Chipolopolo forever!
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