Zambia soccer fans have celebrated the kicking out of Ivory Coast from the ongoing AFCON 2013 in South Africa as a way of shaming Mamadou Gaye that country’s sports analyst.
Ivorian, Gaye who is also nicknamed the Assassin of Abidjan for his over the top comments have had no good comments for the Chipolopolo Boys, the Zambian national team over the years.
This has not gone well with the Zambian fans. Last year he predicted a 4-0 victory for his country over Zambia ahead of the 2012AFCON finals in Gabon.
“No David and Goliath. The best team of the tournament called Elephants will win… The Elephants are going to make history by being the first country to win the Afcon without conceding a goal,” Gaye insisted according to goal.com.
“For me the most difficult game [for] the Elephants was against Mali. It was very physical and it was a West African derby. Zambia play the type of football that suit Cote d’Ivoire. Easy win for the Elephants,” Gaye confidently predicted.
But the Zambian team that were peceived as under-dogs in the tournament held Ivory Coast and the match ended draw but the later won in penalty shot-outs to left their debut AFCON trophy.
This year again Gaye had stated that Zambia would not make it to the second round saying the Africa champions will be eliminated in the first round.
Gaye also predicted that his country – Ivory Coast would lift the 2013 AFCON title.
The Zambian fans were not happy and today had an opportunity to shame the Ivorian football analyst after his team were beaten by Nigeria.
“Zambian fans dearly love (Didier) Drogba and the Ivorian team, but the nasty comments over our Chipolopolo boys from their own Mamadou Gaye below made their skin to crawl and instead today chose to back the Super Eagles. And for sure the Super Eagles are through,” Zambian Social Media Director Musamba Mumba posted on her facebook wall.
It is like this was an opportunity for Zambian fans to get at Gaye.
“When Zambia beat Ivory Coast Mamadou said Zambia was luck, I am wondering whether Nigeria is also luck. Mamadou Ivory Coast is useless,” stated George Chansa.
Another Zambia fan Nelson Mbulo made fun of Mamadou and said, “Where is your best team on paper?"
“I supported The Super Eagles despite their protest that led to the next Ref being nasty to us because this man is arrogant!” said Evans Mwewa.
While another stodge Zambian soccer fan Sizyongo Munenga posted: “pwahahahaha…wazonda (you hate) Zambia, wazonda (you hate) HAPPINESS yako…Thank you Nigeria…next is Ghana.”
“And I quote this Ivory Coast team no African team can beat them, they are simply unbeaten and fovourite in Afrique, Mmmmm (Mamadou) tell Africa again what you said, hard luck brother man……next time,” said Hockings Chibwe Mambwe, a soccer fan.