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Zambia coach downplays luck effect in Nations Cup feat

Published on: 21 December 2012

Coach Herve Renard says luck is not the sole reason for Zambia’s triumph at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Chipolopolo defied all odds to emerge winners of the tournament held earlier this year in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Zambia on their way to winning their first African title, accounted for four-time winners, Ghana in the semi finals before pipping favourites Ivory Coast on penalties in the grand finale.

Some however believe the Chipolopolo rode their luck with some antecedence drawn from the plane crash that struck their national team on the coast of Gabon in 1993.

But the Frenchman who inspired the unexpected feat of the Zambians though admitting luck played a role, says his team also did it’s part.

“To win a big trophy you are always to be lucky. Now if you think we only win by luck, this is your opinion,”

“We did our best and God was on our side, this is football.”

Zambia will be defending their title at next year’s Nations Cup in South Africa.

They are drawn in Group C alongside Nigeria, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.



  • Kay says:
    December 22, 2012 02:18 am
    That is your opinion.
  • kimco says:
    December 22, 2012 12:31 am
    kwame pito grow up dude, grow up, cos right now, u sound like the retard. I hate it when guys have to go on the offensive for no freaking reason.
  • mickey says:
    December 21, 2012 02:32 pm
    iam not surprised of his comments because it is the only trophy he has ever won in his career,if he says it was luck as it was,it means he is admitting that he isnt a good coach
  • Africanus says:
    December 21, 2012 01:48 pm
    Mr. Renard is never confident going into a match, his confidence comes only after the match. The pressure is on, all eyes are on him to deliver, to show that it wasn't luck the last time.
  • kwame pito says:
    December 21, 2012 01:10 pm
    not sounding so confident now Mr. Herve "Retard"
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    December 21, 2012 12:50 pm
    Massa u were ridin on luck u know it dnt talk trash u cant defend shit.da game against uganda is a clear eg .Der wil b no luck in SA..
  • obbie says:
    December 21, 2012 11:04 am
    The best coach in Africa, and he will do it again in SA. Zambia will win AFCON 2013 no matter what.