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Zambia are underdogs ahead of 2013 AFCON - Herve Renard

Published on: 21 December 2012

Zambia coach Herve Renard claims his team are the underdogs ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Chipoloplo stunned the more fancied Ivory Coast to win their first ever African title in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea early this year.

But the defending champions will face a stern test to progress from a tough-looking group when they begin their defence in South Africa in January.

A resurgent Nigeria, who failed to reach the finals earlier this year, will pose the most significant threat in group C alongside Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

There are many Zambian fans who believe they have enough depth in quality to retain their crown.

But the enigmatic Frenchman who was crowned the Best coach on the continent on Thursday is refusing to get carried with their feat earlier this year and insists the champions go into the tournament as the underdogs.

“We know we’re not the favourite. We are outsiders but will do our best to win the title again,” he said

" But in football everything is possible. Our motivation is high ahead of the tournament.

“Despite our achievement this year, wer remain the underdogs. But we are also confident of winning the cup as well.

“In football, you have to respect your opponent. We’ll do our best to see how it goes."

Zambia struggled to beat Uganda on penalties to secure qualification two months ago.



This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kay says:
    December 22, 2012 02:28 am
    Why are Zambians afraid to go to Nigeria websites? they are your direct opponent in South Africa not Ghana. Zambia has no football forum so they chosen GSN as their home. Our generosity is second to none in Africa, yet the Zambians cannot show little respect.
  • Kay says:
    December 22, 2012 02:30 am
    You don't even know how to spell Ghanaians yet you insult civilized people.
  • Shhhh says:
    December 21, 2012 11:56 pm
    Ghana is always our favorite customer ..yo team does not have what it takes to beat us in a competitive match...READ MY WORDS ,WE SHALL SHOW U THE EXIT DOOR IN SOUTH AFRICA!
  • kwame-blz says:
    December 21, 2012 11:15 pm
    underdogs indeed, ur coach even knws u have no chance, this aint the wc every four yrs to say the defending champs are underdog, its only a yr ago u won it with luck and got that big mouth and wen it coming to the time back it up, now that everyone knws about u and ready for u, u are calling urself underdog, everybody knws u knw but not the favorite and not the underdog... see u there.
  • Ek says:
    December 21, 2012 10:46 pm
    Shit ghanians.
  • Blakroze GH says:
    December 21, 2012 08:39 pm
    If you guys progress out of your group.....I'll be very very very surprised, cos seriously speaking you are behaving like headless guys were protesting vehemently here and insulting us for calling you UNDER DOGS, now your coach has said it and see your comments? Bunch of Hypocrites who are quick to turn any situation to their favor....I'm never going to try and reason with any zambian in my life again cos I can now see you people for who you are
  • Ndola says:
    December 21, 2012 08:04 pm
    The UNDER-DOG TAG belongs to ZAMBIA its always been ours!
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    December 21, 2012 07:37 pm
    Underdogs or not u cnt defend da cup,u r goin home after da quarter final.
  • Al says:
    December 21, 2012 06:43 pm
    Totally Agree LMAO...they know that teams aren't gonna sleep on them anymore
  • Zambianite Chansa says:
    December 21, 2012 06:07 pm
    Fellow Zambians, how come we are blogging on our own? I'm looking forward to us anihilatting Nigeria, Ghana & CIV next month. I want us to silence their supporters 4 the nxt 2 yrs. Donchh...
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    December 21, 2012 05:53 pm
    The fact that Ghana and their site keeps writing about us goes to show how these folks are scared of Zambia. Keep writing/calling us all names you want. We will trash anybody that comes our in South Africa..wait and see. Keep talking. We are listening!
  • Zambia10 says:
    December 21, 2012 05:05 pm
    Zambians now have no time for pointless arguments on this site. we are too busy celebrating our cups, medals, awards from all over the world! football has and will always be played with the feet n not the mouth. we wish all our oppenents esp ghana goodluck n merry xmas!
  • obbie says:
    December 21, 2012 05:02 pm
    We are underdogs. Zambia is always underdogs and we do not get anoyed even when you call us so many times. The truth is we beat favourites and it will happen in SA again just as it happened in Gabon. actually SA is our home ground.
  • kwame pito says:
    December 21, 2012 04:51 pm
    hahaha look who is running away from the lime light. you wanna remain on the darkside and keep sneaking huh? cos it's easy that way. hahaaaa well teams like Ghana and CIV have always bore the tag and we have at least been consistent winning at least silver, bronze or 4th place. zambia are no longer underdogs! ... I can see the pressure to live up to your new name is getting to u. Afcon 2013 we go see what is in lizard stomach... "hwee ne koter3 yem"
  • Dr Who says:
    December 22, 2012 08:01 am
    Nigeria has been whooping the Chipolopolo since time immemorial and they will do it again in 2013.This will place the Super Eagles on top of the group and hand a quarter final pairing of Ivory Coast vrs Zambia where our Ndola friends will be angrily whooped by the Elephants aka KUKRUDU of Ivory Coast.Nobody will underrate you this time so hey Chipolopolo keep being underdogs because you will run like dogs with your tails in between your legs.