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Zambia shoots out Ivory Coast to win 2012 AFCON

Published on: 13 February 2012

Sunzu Stoppila converted his penalty to hand Zambia an 8-7 victory over Ivory Coast to win the Africa Cup of the Nations for the first time.  

The Zambians came out of the blocks the more aggressive side going straight into attack from the blast of the whistle and almost clinched a shocking lead.

Christopher Katongo drew a corner kick which was expertly taken with the ball falling to Himonde Hichani but his shot was well saved by the attentive Barry in the Cote d’Ivoire goal.

The Chipoloplo continued to dominate proceedings in the first ten minutes hurrying the dangerous Ivorian side into making petty mistakes.

Joseph Musoda’s night was caught short after he failed to recover from an earlier knock. His place was taken by Henri Mulenga as he wept of the field of play.

Emmanuel Mayuka came close to snatching the lead in the 13th minute when his header off a Sunzu Stopilla chip went agonizingly over the bar. Zambia were clearly probing the Ivorian goal.

The Ivorian just couldn’t keep up to the pace of the Chipolopolo and were often caught in possession through faulty passes despite the obvious abetment of referee Diatta Badara.

The Elephants were clearly playing to the counter and it almost paid dividends with devastating menace in the 23rd minute.

Off a failed corner attack by the Zambians, all was need was just two touchs to see Salomon Kalou run onto a pass through the channels but substitute Mulenga was there to clear the danger.

On swift passing game by the Ivorians against the run of play failed to get the desired result as Yaya Toure watched his snap shot go wide with much pain in the 29th minute.

The fearless Chipolopolo who grew in confidence by the minute were just a delight to watch as they went through their intricate passing with style and panache which was well appreciated by the packed Stade de l'Amitie.

Zambia maintained firm control of the game until recess, something which will very much worry Coach Francois Zahoui.

The second half however started at a significantly dropped tempo compared to the first with the Ivoirians looking more determined to over but the Zambians not willing.

The frustration by the 65th minute was beginning to emanate from the Ivorian side as they picked a couple of silly bookings mainly based on petulance.

The Zambians hardwork which had failed to rip any results was duly appeared to have been punished with a 69th minute penalty following a foul on a marauding Gervinho by Isaac Chansa.

However Didier Drogba’s kick sky rocketed into the heavens to the much relief of majority of the packed stadium who have supported the underdogs all night long.

It was the second missed penalty by the Chelsea ace in the tournament with his first miss coming against co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in the quarter finals.

Cote d’Ivoire looked the more confused side as Zambia mounted a charge for the winner during the latter parts of the highly entertaining game.

The Elephants however came the closest to snatching victory two minutes from time as substitute Gradel Max Alan shot wide after collecting a lose aerial ball in the Zambian area.

Then it was the turn of the Zambians to take a crack at goal. After some delightful one-two with Chansa, Mayuka’s intended lob was deflected off by Kolo Toure for a corner which was eventually wasted.

It was the last real action for the game as the referee whistled for the end of the game which also meant the match was headed for extra time and probably penalty shootouts.

The impressive Chipoloplo almost took the lead in the 95th minute but Captain Christopher Katongo’s strike after being fed by brother Felix on the right wing was deflected off the post of the despairing Barry in the Ivory Coast goal.

Didier Ya Konan almost got the breakthrough 105th minute when he saw his guided curler gradually rise above the Zambia cross bar.

Great piece of defending two minutes after by Sol Bamba then prevented Christopher Katongo from squaring the ball to Mayuka who was waiting to pounce.

Zambia showed their dominance by maintaining control of the game from the start of it through the 120 minutes of play to the end.

The game had reached the dreaded penalty shootouts where one team was destined to come up tops.

And by the balance of play, the Chipolopolo looked the more deserving side to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

With both Kolo Toure and Gervinho missing their consecutive kicks the deciding kick laid with Stoppila after Rainford Kalaba also blasted his opportunity high and wide.

The Zanaco midfielder stepped up amidst chants from the packed Stade de l'Amitie to coolly slot home to send the stadium agog and also to complete a fairy tale story.

Ivory Coast exactly twenty years ago had won their first CAN through a marathon penalty shootout against Ghana in Senegal.



This article has 64 comment(s), give your comment
  • Mulenga says:
    February 14, 2012 08:05 am
    Gyan missed his penalty. My foot!!!!!!! The Zambian GK is the best, however we can excuse u bcoz u r in denial. Football is about scoring goals and not names on paper. Pse read the lastest Best Africa XI Team
  • Chu says:
    February 13, 2012 12:35 am
    Asamoah Drogba and Gyan Didier-killers. CIV must wait 4 30 yrs
  • bebe says:
    February 13, 2012 12:50 am
    Wow,what a match to watch.Exciting and interesting!!!Congratulations to the Zambians.You guys really wear your socks off.Great team work and going the extra mile to die for your country.No individualism.The zambia coach might be the coach of the tournament.Very tactical to neutralise the threat from Gervihno and Kalon at the wings.Yayha was overshadowed by the tiny Kabala in midfield.Drogba was cut of supply from midfield and the wings.Zambia was compact,recovering rate very superb and played high the pitch and getting behind the ivorian defence.This is no luck,its just modern football.
  • b4world says:
    February 13, 2012 12:54 am
  • massawudu says:
    February 13, 2012 01:06 am
    D&G = Drogba & Gyan
  • ss says:
    February 13, 2012 01:27 am
    Those Ghanian friends who thot Zambia won by fluk when they beat Ghana thru Mayuka must be eating a humble and this stupit Nigerian Amokachi who was saying stupit things about Zambia must be kicking his ASS
  • kojo says:
    February 13, 2012 01:29 am
    i am sorry but Zambia doesn't fit to be African champions.
  • ss says:
    February 13, 2012 01:32 am
    Zambia are the new African KINGS eat your humble pie Stupit Daniel Amokachi you orphaned idiot
  • mauka says:
    February 13, 2012 01:37 am
    yes i know but we are the champions deal with it looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
  • Assisi says:
    February 13, 2012 01:42 am
    U are absolutely right. Luck was on their side. If people don't believe it, they should just look at how both asamoah gyan of Ghana and didier drogba of Ivory coast threw their penalties away in crucial moments. Maybe they were just destined to win this tournament from the outset irrespective of which team they were going to play to honour their heroes of 93 who perished in the sea in the very city which this final was played.
  • jesse says:
    February 13, 2012 01:49 am
    Kedper of Zambia won this cup for them.He was their lifeline against Ghana and Ivory coast Drogba2 missed penalties in the tournament,Gervino,K.Toure all missed in a final not semifinal and no ivorien is crucifying them.Only Ghana you would find loud mouths insulting players because they have not been cultured from home and also most are uncivilized.Football is a game and it can go either ways.Gyan is the best Ghana have whether u like it or not.27 goals in 50+ games is a top statistics.Gyan all the best
  • mukmin says:
    February 13, 2012 01:51 am
    Zambia was destined to win the cup it was divine intervention, for both Ghana and Ivory Coast to miss penalties against the same team in not normal phenomena. That said Zambia played very well and was the best coached team congratulations.
  • Akrom says:
    February 13, 2012 02:26 am
    Congratulations, Chipolopolo!!! These boys played their hearts out. They dominated Ivory Coast throughout. This was a very entertaining encounter...very worthy of an ACN final game. I hope Ivory Coast's loss takes the edge off the pain Ghanaian fans are feeling. You see, the Zambian boys simply wanted it more than Ivorian and Ghanaian players so lets just be happy for them. This is just a sport and we all like to see the best side win...and in this tournament, the Chipolopolo were the best team. Ghana's team is not that bad. We need to make a few changes and cast the net wider in terms of invitations to the team. We need to fix our Striking vacuum. We'll be back in 2013. Let's not rush in dismissing the coach. Hopefully, the generous helping of Humble Pie he's been served will make him--and the GFA--wake up and build a team based strickly on merit and not parochial interests. African Soccer is beautiful!
    February 13, 2012 02:29 am
    Chipolopolo, iyeeeee
  • victor says:
    February 13, 2012 02:59 am
    Congrats chipolopolo!!I posted my comments after Ghana lost to Zambia that this tournament was just destined for Chipolopolo and that Gyan should not be blamed for failing to convert the penalty of which I said if any one whats to challenge me let him or her do so after sundays GAME.No one can fight destiny I felt bad the way Gyan was worst of all insulted players like him are not just Ghanian stars they are African stars whom we pride in. Most Ghanian fans said his responsible for Ghana's exit at the world cup forgeting that he was responsible for Ghanas and mind you not only Ghana but Africa representation in the quanter finals of the world cup before we blame someone let take stock of his or hers contribution.If God says its time no one change or outer Thank God it was Zambias time I feel proud to be a Zambian soccer fan!!!
  • Jose says:
    February 13, 2012 03:20 am
    @kojo u must learn that zambia won not by power or mighty but by the spirit..zambia was David against Golliath coz the nation declared the land belonged to the lord of hosts.
  • mauka says:
    February 13, 2012 03:28 am
    id say we were more lucky with the ghana game though whoever watched the ivory coast game would say we we had more chances and theydidnt look like the better team like ghana did so we were lucky to have beat ghana and we won it fair with ivory coast
  • Amuzu from Konogo, Dwease says:
    February 13, 2012 03:39 am
    Lol, drugs. witch doctors helped them
  • JK-Sasraku says:
    February 13, 2012 04:14 am
    Right on, bebe!!! A combination of great coaching, hardwork and skill won the cup for the Zambians. Hey, how about we buy this coach from the Zambians? The guy was in Ghana under Claud le Roy. He is superb and can do wonders with the talent we've got. Just a thought. At least he's got a clean haircut.
  • Zambian-born Ghanian says:
    February 13, 2012 05:11 am
    Arent you a clown? Hurting Clown?
  • kassbak says:
    February 13, 2012 05:21 am
    The zambians used 22 players comprising 11 human being and 11 ghosts. So how can you beat them??? This is the line up: Goalkeepers-Kennedy Mweene(Human) Efford Chabala(Ghost) Defenders-Davies Nkausu(Human) Kenan Simambe(ghost), Joseph Musonda(Human) Winter Mumba(Ghost)/Nyambe Mulenga(Human) John Soko(ghost)/Felix Katongo(Human) Timothy Mwitwa(ghost), Hichani Himonde(Human) Samuel Chomba(ghost), and Stopilla Sunzu(Human) Robert Watyakeni(Ghost). Midfielders-Isaac Chansa(Human) Eston Mulenga(Ghost), Nathan Sinkala(Human) Derby Makinka(Ghost), Chisamba Lungu(Human) Moses Chikwalakwala(ghost), Rainford Kalaba(Human) Godfrey Kangwa(Ghost) strikers-Emmanuel Mayuka(Human) Patrick"Bomber" Banda(ghost) and Christopher Katongo(Human) Kelvin"Malaza" Mutale
  • nana rap says:
    February 13, 2012 05:24 am
    Its great zambia won cos this cup was made for the minnows. When the other big names failed to appear then destiny was talking and it spoke for zambia and their 22 players on the field(supported by 11 ghost players of 93) Ghana outplayed them but their second chabce in our 18 was a goal and jus a common penalty we lost so cmmon drogba and gervihno also lost.Now atleast this has alos shown us tht there are individual problems in the team and need to be solved asap.2013 Ghana here we come
  • Joe louis says:
    February 13, 2012 05:24 am
    A team with more local players were able to win the cup.what does it tells u?
  • Chris opoku: SA. says:
    February 13, 2012 05:28 am
    @jesse my man God bless you may the lord almighty gives you more wisdom. I think if Asamoah Gyan were meant to be Drogba people were going to fly like birds and go and kill him, and brought his dead body for his family to buried him. Ghanains must learn and understand that football is a game of luck. Gyan will never fall he will always raise. Papa Gyan your bless black star is not your family property if they want they must call you if they didn't life goes on.
  • man says:
    February 13, 2012 06:12 am
    Now that Zambia was won this tournament, their moral going into the World Cup Qualifiers will be very high. We have to be very careful since we happen to be in the same group during the qualifiers. BS have to revise their tactics. Its all about the potency of the strikers up-front.
  • Ghanaboy says:
    February 13, 2012 06:53 am
    This is what is called 'what is written is written'
  • CHENO says:
    February 13, 2012 06:58 am
    zambia beat the three countries who were tag as favorites, in the likes of senegal,ghana and cote divior so you are talking about luck. better luck next time but zambia deserve to be african champions it is not by chance
  • TOM says:
    February 13, 2012 07:21 am
    Dis purely GOD'S HANDS coupled wit GOOD FOOTBALL
  • Mama G- Zambia says:
    February 13, 2012 07:38 am
    When God says YES!!!!!!!!!!!
  • tommy says:
    February 13, 2012 07:56 am
    If you talk of zambia's win as luck, then i feel you are lazy in thinking and analysis. zambia beat the 3 pre-tornament favorites- senegal,ghana and cote divior so you are talking about luck. better prepare your mind to analyse the next AFCO. If you inferiorly think that football is only played in Europe and think those boys who play in Africa can'y deliver, then you have a weak point. zambia has 5 players playing for TP Mazembe, the first club in Africa to reach the final of the world club competition, beating brazillian Champions before losing to Inter. Do you think TP Mazembe were lucky. NO, NO. they have quality Zambian players who can deliver
  • Proud Zambian says:
    February 13, 2012 07:58 am
    Never under estimate Chipolopolo.
  • Area says:
    February 13, 2012 08:17 am
    Bro Chris opoku, u are very good n wise n i dont know how 2 dscrb u. A.Gyan will arise n shine n even do better
  • Mama G- Zambia says:
    February 13, 2012 08:29 am
    They were not playing names, they were playing football on the pitch! and that is the name of the game FOOTBALL!!!!!!!
  • Mama G- Zambia says:
    February 13, 2012 08:43 am
    The earlier you accept THE COPPER BULLETS are the champion the better for you, or alse you’ll die of stroke of the throat. CHIKONKO CHIZAKUPAYA
  • Benny says:
    February 13, 2012 08:58 am
  • Benny says:
    February 13, 2012 09:16 am
    @JESSE-I WISH GOOD FOR NOTHING CHAF LIKE THAT BABOON WHO CALLED HIMSELF b4world HAS 1/1000 OF YOUR REASONING.I WISH THERE ARE CULTURED LOTS OF YOU,JNR,CHRIS OPOKU,KWABAS ETC ON GSN AND PILLOCKS LIKE b4world,joe atiso are depleted from this site to create sanity and good reasoning. Football is a game of winners and loosers. Uncivilised ''can'' like b4world doesn't get it. His unnecesary attacks on Kwarasey and THE COACH makes me wonder whether this b4world idiot is sane until someone told me that he is suffering from SCHIZOID MENTAL DISORDER steming from the fact that at age 43,he still shares a single box room with his parents and six-siters. No wonder B4WORLD IS ALWAYS AT LOGGER-HEADS WITH SOMEBODY.
  • umwina zambia says:
    February 13, 2012 09:27 am
    ....No one can say no or otherwise.... for the rest of the haters..Deal with it, Zambia has already been crowned
  • JNR says:
    February 13, 2012 09:43 am
    Thanks Benny for the shout out. It's nice to know we have knowledgeable people like you on this site. There is nothing wrong with criticising but at least have concrete criticism of our players and not stupid comments from the likes of b4world! Keep it up homeboy!
  • JNR says:
    February 13, 2012 09:51 am
    I co-sign 100% with everything you just said. I supported the coach even after our semi final elimination but then changed my mind about him after the display in the 3rd and fourth place, but thinking about it now, it wouldn't be wise to fire him because it will have a long term damage to the Black stars. We just need to keep the house together and just invite better players next time and ONLY on merit, like you said. Another knowledgeable comment! Well said Akrom!
  • kwame america says:
    February 13, 2012 10:21 am
    we really enjoy woyozonto tournament,infact EOCO should investigate Asamoah gyan and Drogba penalty.well,zambia deserve my biggest respect bcos of thr gigantuan penalty against cote divore.cheers zambia
  • Benny says:
    February 13, 2012 10:45 am
  • Abrantie-In Da House says:
    February 13, 2012 10:53 am
    It does not tell us anything!! Most ofd the Zambians play on the african continent, thats right, its because they don't have the options!! We have the options, and we must always use the best GHanaians to represent GH. Where they play is of no use. In fact, the Zambian team played like the african. This type of play won't send u anywhere in the world 4 example, because the referees at the WC are not blind like the african referees. African referees, hardly protect players. No wonder most players are hurt in this competition more than any other competition in this world. All said, I will still say, the most prepared team won the cup!! Congratulations to my Zambian brothers. All the same,
  • Josh GM says:
    February 13, 2012 11:12 am
    As a Zambian, I think or believe Ghana played far better than Ivory Coast against Zambia, Zambia had some luck to win Ghana. Then came so called star-studded Ivory Toast Chipolopolo just out smarten them credit to both coach n players. For you so called soccer pundits you ve learnt a lesson don't underestimate No-Names teams, Zambia was under radar all the way what a final match, thanks to southern africans for your support am in Botswana but you can imagine the car horns n vuvuzelas all across Botswana one might think its Botswana's final! Thanks Botswana n S/Africa that's the spirit. Its a SADC cup
  • Lusaka Soccer Expert says:
    February 13, 2012 01:15 pm
    The 2013 AFCON will be won by either Zambia or South Africa. Conglats to the Copper Bullets for lifting the 2012 trophy.
  • Adofo says:
    February 13, 2012 01:27 pm
    The fact is Ghana played better in that match but we did not take our chances CIV also did not take their chances. Congrats to Zambia
  • polo says:
    February 13, 2012 03:29 pm
    That's good the for Africa soccer
  • Papa says:
    February 13, 2012 03:48 pm
    Every experienced coach or player will tell you that to win anything, you need a combination of skill, hardwork, tactical discipline & luck. Zambia did not win purely because of luck, they won because they had all the ingredients of any succesful team. Just give credit where it is due instead of being jealous. Chipolopolo all the way!!
  • radiga t. kitwe says:
    February 13, 2012 04:44 pm
    umuntu (a person) ni under dog.Zambia thought of as under dogs whoz laughing now? GAYE MAMOUDO 4-0 where???
  • mauka says:
    February 13, 2012 04:56 pm
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    February 13, 2012 05:06 pm
  • Kàja says:
    February 13, 2012 06:41 pm
    The likes of Egypt, Cameroon,etc failed to qualify not because they were not lucky or decided not to put much effort in qualification but it is because the so-called 'inferior' teams are getting stronger. Hope it continues to reflect in the performance of African countries in international competitions
  • kojo says:
    February 13, 2012 06:46 pm
    yeah you are right, the earlier i accept it the better.
  • mwatejchaila says:
    February 13, 2012 09:24 pm
    Nizeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Thanks Southern, Central & Eastern Africa for believing in us!!!
  • Realest says:
    February 14, 2012 04:01 am
    Apologies to all my Ghanian brothers and sisters that strongly criticized me when I said Zambia would sink Ivory Coast on Sunday. You assumed correct that I would be nowhere to be seen after the Ivory Coast and Zambia game. Unlike your assumption that Zambia would lose causing me to hide, Zambia won. Therefore, i want to apologize for not blogging on Sunday. I have been celebrating the Zambia victory. As a matter of fact, the celebrations are still going on, so I just wanted to take sometime out of my busy victorious celebrations to apologize to you for not blogging on Sunday. Please continue making assumptions about people not showing up, however, it would be wise for you to relinquish your preposterous analysis on which team will win, especially if it associates Zambia. COPPER BULLETS GUNS THE WHOLE AFRICA DOWN - AFRICAN CHAMPS!!!!!!
  • Umupundo says:
    February 14, 2012 03:44 pm
    It is very sad that alot of Ghanaian bloggers think that Chipolopolo (copper bullets) won out of pure luck. any sane human being who watched the Zambia Ivory Coast game would tell you that CIV was underpressure and Drogba never wanted to finish that game. were was africa's footballer of the year? the guy was literally in the shadows. Ghana was beaten by Chipolopolo (bullet) beacause 1.Herve was once part of your technical bench, he knows the way you play, 2.Zambia and Ghana play almost the same kind of football, any intelligent coach would change he's style in such a case. ask Wenger when he Barca last year. 3. Zambia wanted this victory more than Ghana, the boys were hungry for success and they had undescribable commitment and great team work. individuals will never win you a cup but a team. eat your humble pies and RESPECT THE AFRICAN CHAMPIONS. Na pyamo!!!!!
  • MDK says:
    February 16, 2012 04:34 pm
    Zambias fairy tale win deserves a hollywood movie. As for you my west african and north african brothers who underachieve at every world cup, learn something from Zambia ---> even if you have lower rated coaches or players you should believe in your selves and stop arguing about allowances. Why should Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, RSA under perform at every world cup. Some teams might as well step aside and give Zambia a go at the world cup.... Whoever qualifies to the next world cup... get to the finals please. do us proud. Is great soccer only for Europeans and the americas?
  • MDK says:
    February 16, 2012 04:44 pm
    It was no fluke... Zambias team believed in theselves and didnt buckle to the thought that anything from abroad is better than home grown. Those 'racist' north and west africans beware next time it will be Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe or Angola taking the cup. I call them 'racist' because they predict 4-0 scores for a team that used to weep them through the 70s to 80s. Look up the stats Zambia used to be on top of Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal.
  • evado says:
    February 18, 2012 08:24 pm
    which under dogs by the way? Zambia has always been a great football nation even after the 93 disaster, infact b4 that just lyk @MDK mentioned, we were ranked better than the the so called big names in africa. You cant be lucky 3 times, Just accept, the cup is in Zambia!!! infact its stones throw from were am posting this in lusaka! CHIPOLOPOLO ALL THE WAY! TERANGA LIONS KILLED, BLACK STARS DIMMED (hope not for good) AND THE ELEPHANT HANGED!
  • The insider says:
    February 19, 2012 01:26 pm
    According to Renard... He knows 16 out of the 23 man squad of Ghana. He says Ghanaian team had already won in their mind before they even kicked the ball. That was their undoing. Youve gotta believe it in your mind but also work hard to achieve the result. This must have been the problem with Gyan and even Drogba... hence the failure to do anything on the pitch. As for Senegal, Zambia made a meal of them because they were so confident that they got on to the pitch without warming up. Renards instruction to the Zed boys was score a quick goal.
  • wiza says:
    April 20, 2012 08:29 am
    then who deserves to be champions, senegal? with their stars were clearly outplayed by zambia, ghana? with ur arrogant gyan who missed a penalty, ivory coast who with their european stars just couldnt break down the solid zambian defense. am sorry but i dnt agree with u friend
  • wiza says:
    April 20, 2012 08:42 am
    and all the time egypt won the cup they used local players while cameroon, nigeria, ghana, ivory coast ( mind you this is at the height of these football teams). England has some of the best players playing in the english premier league, but alas, they have not won a world cup despite this. look at spainish league, how did the conquer the world, most players play in the spanish league, u can say zambia won by luck or they played african football as that wont hold water....sorry friend...zambia played soccer and not how many players they have in the eurpean long as you have that mentality, ghana will not go far come 2013...and the fact that you were accused of using juju on each other in the same team ....thats rather sad. come 2013, african soccer will be in for more major such thing as power houses in soccer any more, nigeria, cameroon, egypt and south africa all failed to go to afcon 2012.
  • wiza says:
    April 20, 2012 08:44 am
    right on bro
  • full tym ZED says:
    August 14, 2012 02:34 pm
  • MdK says:
    September 01, 2012 03:26 pm
    For those of you who doubt the quality of african champions (Zambia) players see the. Video in the link below... Next week Uganda will get an Africa cup qualifier thumping... Ghana you are next..