First time in history, the Zambia National Soccer Team, Chipolopolo, won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title that was hosted in Gabon after beating the Ivorian team with famous professional footballers in a penalty shootout. Straight into the game, the Zambian team displayed confidence, brilliant tactics, held their composure and gave their all to what they believed to be their moment to shine.
The Chipolopolo Boys have done Zambia proud! Win or lose the euphoria that was in the air since the mid-week (Wednesday, 8th Feb) win against Ghana certainly left Zambian fans in hope that we could bring the Africa Cup of Nations trophy home to Zambia!
The game was intense and exciting… Many Zambians watched on the edge of their seats as the young team soldiered on with nerves of steel. The nation took to the streets in wild celebrations when Sunzu scored the winning penalty during the sudden death shootout. They sang, danced and chanted the slogans “Zambia! Zambia!” and “Chipolopolo! Iye!” Vuvuzelas (blow horns) and whistles echoed as the entire country displayed their delight, joy and pride of being Zambian.
Winning the trophy is a great achievement and the team has dedicated it to the honour of the former Zambian National Team that died in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon on 27th April 1993 as they travelled to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier. Congrats Zambia!!! You are the soccer giants of Africa… Now we look forward to bringing the World Cup home 🙂
By Agness, Pimpa and Banji
Photo from BBC Sports