Zambia clocks nine years since AFCON victory
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has promised to honour the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winning heroes next year when the country clocks 10 years since that historic feat.
Reflecting on the ninth anniversary since the Chipolopolo won the Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said the occasion reminded Zambians of what could be achieved if they pulled in one direction.
Kamanga said winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 had opened the challenge of World Cup qualification for the country.
“Today is a special day in our game because of the memory that the AFCON victory brings to many Zambians. It is a goal that inspires all of us to strive to lift our game,” he says.
“The challenge is upon all of us to pick ourselves up and strive towards returning our Chipolopolo to the summit of the African game. The day we won the AFCON set up another higher challenge which is World Cup qualification.”
“Regrettably since 2012 our fortunes at the AFCON have nosedived with two first round eliminations and non-qualification. It is something we are working to rectify by strengthening our youth structures.”
The FAZ Executive Committee intends to mark the 10th anniversary with a special honour to the 2012 AFCON victors.
“My Executive has set in motion a plan to celebrate the 10th anniversary by honouring the members of the 2012 squad,” Kamanga says.
Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations on February 12, 2012 in Gabon, which coincidentally was the city the entire Zambia National Team perished on April 28, 1993 enroute to fulfilling a USA 1994 World Cup fixture in Dakar.
The Chipolopolo beat Ivory Coast 8-7 on post-match penalties to lift the coveted prize. Zambia’s only other continental trophy is the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zambia’s highest achievements prior to 2012 were a silver medal in 1974 and 1994.