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    Default Gabon aiming to avoid Ghana clash

    Rather than taking their foot off the gas after qualifying for the quarter-finals, Gabon want to finish top of their group to avoid a potential match-up against CAF Africa Cup of Nations favourites Ghana.

    A draw against Tunisia in their closing first-round tie in Franceville on Tuesday will ensure the co-hosts top Group C, after wins over Niger and Morocco. Their reward would be a last-eight date with the Group B runners-up back in the Gabonese capital on 5 February.

    Gabon coach Gernot Rohr said: "We want to avoid Ghana, so we would like to finish top. That would mean also playing our quarter-final in Libreville, in this wonderful L'Amitie stadium with its fantastic crowd.

    "If we come in as runners-up we would have to go to Equatorial Guinea if we make it into the semi-finals. We will play Tunisia to win, but a draw will be sufficient as we have better goal difference than them."

    These are heady days for a team ranked only 77th in the world and 16th in Africa. And Rohr cautioned: "We're not pretending to be Brazil, we're a very humble bunch, we have lots to improve, we have to keep our feet on the ground."Gabon joined Equatorial Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire in the knockout stages in the most remarkable fashion last night. Morocco held the lead up to the 77th minute after captain Houssine Kharja's first-half goal.

    But Gabon took command in the space of two minutes, with goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former Hull City striker Daniel Cousin. The vociferous 40,000 crowd then fell silent in the first minute of injury time when Kharja coolly stepped up to level from the penalty spot.

    But Gabon never gave up, with Bruno Mbanangoyes' curling in a free-kick in the final second of the eighth minute of stoppage time to settle an unforgettable encounter. "It was really dramatic watching this fantastic game from the touchline," said Rohr.

    "I must say bravo to my players. I knew this team had mental qualities to produce such a performance, I hope they can do it again because they left a lot of energy out there.

    "Now we go to Franceville to play Tunisia, a very big team. I worked in Tunisia, at Etoile du Sahel, I hope I will have a good time with my friends on Tuesday."
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    Libya exited the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 consolation win over Senegal, who finished without a point.

    Ihab Albusaifi struck in each half for the Libyans, the second a wonderful volley and worthy match winner.

    Deme Ndiaye scored for Senegal but it was of little consolation as the Senegalese go home after three losses.

    Libya's win marked their first in the Nations Cup in 30 years, as they ended up third in Group A behind Zambia and Equatorial Guinea, with Senegal bottom.The Mediterranean Knights needed a win at the start of the game to have any hope of staying in the tournament, with Zambia and co-hosts Equatorial Guinea kicking off in Malabo at the same time.

    Pre-tournament favourites Senegal, meanwhile, were looking to salvage some pride after losing their opening two games.

    And the Libyans got off to the perfect start with Albusaifi prodding home with the outside of his boot, underneath Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye, after just five minutes.

    Senegal, who looked sharper in their final group game, hit back just 11 minutes later.

    Deme Ndiaye headed in captain Mamadou Niang's corner off the inside of the woodwork, after rising highest at the near post.

    The Senegalese forced another series of corners, looking to edge ahead through a further set-piece, but could not make the pressure count.

    Meanwhile, Libya's passing was found wanting as they tried to press forward but overcooked several balls aimed towards their front men.

    The match also became very stop-start, with niggly fouls from both sides, as the two teams sought to edge ahead.

    Moussa Sow came on for Senegalese captain Mamadou Niang, while Papiss Demba Cisse replaced Newcastle team-mate Demba Ba in attack.

    But neither substitute could convert chances, with Cisse trying to chip Aboud from outside the box but floating it over, and Sow missing a good chance at the near post.

    The Libyan attack finally got back into their stride deep in the second half, with Ahmed Sa'ad Osman threatening and trying to thread balls through, mainly to Ahmed Zuway.

    And they eventually got their reward when Zuway laid off the ball wonderfully to Albusaifi who rifled into the back of the net with his right foot from eight yards out.

    Ihab wheeled away in delight, as Libya held on for their first Nations Cup victory since hosting the tournament in 1982, and their first on foreign soil.

    It was not enough for them to go through to the last eight, however, after Zambia's 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in Malabo put the Chipolopolo through as Group A winners, with the co-hosts finishing second.
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    Default Zambia book quarter-final slot


    Zambia booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating co-hosts Equatorial Guinea 1-0 to top Group A.

    Captain Chris Katongo fired home from the edge of the box after 67 minutes to settle a game of few chances.

    The win means they may avoid Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals, with the favourites set to win Group B.

    It was the co-hosts' first loss of the campaign and also a first under coach Gilson Paulo.Thanks to opening wins over both Libya and Senegal, the National Lightning started this game as Group A leaders but were undone by Katongo's right-footed strike midway through the second half.

    The goal means the Chipolopolo, who have reached consecutive Nations Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1996, will move to Bata ahead of their quarter-final on Saturday, 4 February.

    The Equatoguineans, meanwhile, will stay in their capital Malabo, where they will meet the Ivorians on Saturday should the latter avoid defeat against Angola on Monday night.

    On a hot and humid afternoon, just over 15,000 fans squeezed into the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, with other supporters content to gather outside in a bid to savour some Nations Cup fever.Katongo was immediately in the thick of things, slashing wide from 25 yards before Emmanuel Mayuka, who had scored in both Zambia's earlier games, flicked a header over.

    Despite the urgings of the vociferous home crowd, the Zambians continued to force the play with Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper Danilo saving smartly from a powerful Katongo strike after 35 minutes.

    The co-hosts were struggling to threaten but just before the break, Juvenal fed striker Ivan Bolado who ghosted clear and looked set to open the scoring until keeper Kennedy Mweene's alert intervention.

    Coach Herve Renard's men started the second half the stronger, as Hichani Himoonde's hammered free-kick inside the box was repelled by some brave defending.

    In a somewhat lacklustre game, with Equatorial Guinea already through and Zambia needing just a draw to reach the quarter-finals, Katongo's goal proved a rare highlight.

    It was simplicity itself as he collected a short throw-in near the touchline before cutting across the corner of the penalty area and striking a low 18-yarder that beat Danilo at his right-hand post.

    For the first time in the tournament, Equatorial Guinea were behind and they came close to an instant equaliser when captain Juvenal struck a fine free-kick that curled millimetres wide of Mweene's post.

    That was as good as it got and even though Libya managed to beat hapless Senegal in the day's other group game in Bata, both teams playing in Malabo were comfortably through.

    Zambia finished on top of Group A with seven points, one more than Equatorial Guinea, with Libya collecting four points and the Senegalese sent home without a point.
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    Default Doubters silenced by Ayew´s Ghana



    Andre Ayew says Ghana have proven their critics wrong by winning their opening two games at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

    The Black Stars beat Botswana 1-0 in their opening fixture, and followed that up with a 2-0 win over Mali on Saturday.

    Marseille star Ayew believes those who wrote Ghana off ahead of the tournament should be questioning their judgement.

    "I hope our victory will put to rest all the question marks that were raised against us after our first game with Botswana," he said.

    "We came out here to prove we are a united front and out here to fight to the end. The first half was very difficult but we stayed together all through."

    "We worked hard so that we do not concede a goal, make a comeback from the break to execute our coach's tactical instructions and in the end, proved that we can fight all the way."
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    ZAMBIA EXPEL PLAYER FOR DISCIPLIANRY REASONS

    Clifford Mulenga has been expelled from the Africa Cup.
    The Bloemfontein Celtic winger was ejected by coach Herve Renard for breaking the teams curfew rules with three other players while the team was in Malabo over the weekend.
    Faz communications officer Erick Mwanza confirmed that Mulenga was no longer part of the team after breaching curfew rules in camp.

    The player was sent home just after the team landed in Bata on Tuesday from Malabo where they beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on January 29 to advance to the quarterfinals.
    Mulenga traveled with the team from Malabo to Bata on the same day.
    He had not also featured in any of Zambia’s Group A matches at the Africa Cup prior to his expulsion.
    And Mwanza declined to name the other three players saying it was in the interest of team unity ahead of Zambia’s quarterfinal clash against Sudan on February 4 in Bata.
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    Default Gabon top Group C with win over Tunisia


    Co-hosts Gabon finished top of Group C at the Africa Cup of Nations after beating Tunisia 1-0 in Franceville.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck his third of the tournament, with some assistance from reserve Tunisia keeper Rami Jeridi.

    Captain Daniel Cousin set up Aubameyang, who gently stroked his shot goalwards but was helped by the legs of Jeridi, who dived away from the shot.

    Tunisia failed to spark, but go through second in Group C, behind the Panthers.

    Both sides started the night already through to the quarter-finals, but Gabon needed at least a draw to ensure they returned to their capital Libreville for their last eight tie.

    Panthers coach Gernot Rohr sent out a strong side, with just four changes to the team which started the stunning 3-2 win over Morocco on Friday, with Daniel Cousin - who was so influential as a substitute against the Atlas Lions - restored as captain against the Tunisians.


    Tunisia started brightly, with Sabeur Khalifa - one of eight changes by coach Sami Trabelsi - creating space well for himself, but firing straight at the side-netting at the near post.

    Cousin hussled and harried the Tunisian defence from the outset, and collided with reserve Tunisian goalkeeper Jeridi - who looked shaky all night - early on.

    Aubameyang was also busy upping the tempo of the game, with the Panthers midfield attempting to find him in behind the Tunisian defence, but unable to deliver the right ball.

    Approaching the break, Gabon found the level they showed to dramatically turn Friday's game against Morocco on its head.

    Mbanangoye broke into the box at pace, then swapped feet and delivered a dangerous in-swinging ball for Aubameyang, who could not quite get enough on it to direct it goal-wards.

    Tunisia picked up their first yellow card, with Anis Boussaidi going in the book for one of a series of niggly fouls to come from the Carthage Eagles.

    Cousin and Tunisia defender Aymen Abdennour also continued to clash, with the Gabonese captain repeatedly colliding with his marker and the two exchanging numerous words.

    Tunisia captain Issam Jemaa started the second half on the front foot for the Tunisians, but saw two opportunities charged down in quick succession.


    Gabon once more regained the upper hand, however, and made their superior attacking play count as Aubameyang latched onto Cousin's headed flick-on and shot calmly at Jeridi, who should have done a lot better, but the helped the ball on its way into the net, on 62 minutes.

    Aubameyang deserved the winner for his workrate alone, and moved to joint top-scorer, along with Angola's Manucho and Morocco's Houssine Kharjah - whose teams are both out, with Kharjah's side following the Angolans out of the tournament with a consolation 1-0 win over Niger.

    The Tunisians had no reply and will look to re-discover their form in the quarter-finals, with many of their first team likely to be reinstated.

    Gabon, meanwhile, celebrated an impressive three wins from three and will return to Libreville full of confidence to contest their last eight tie.

    Gabon coach Rohr praised his players for maintaining their motivation with qualification already secured.

    "It was not easy because we were already qualified for the quarter-finals," he said.

    "But thanks to the professional attitude and fighting spirit of the players, we won to finish top of the group."

    Tunisia coach Trabelsi said he made so many changes to protect his players already on bookings.

    "We rested some of the players because they have already been booked and we did not wish to risk them before the quarter-finals," he said.

    "However, those who played today showed many good qualities because we played well but we could not win the match."
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    Default Badu confident of Ghana final place

    Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is confident his side can reach the Africa Cup of Nations final, after booking a final-four berth.

    Badu is rallying the Black Stars to make a strong push for a place in the final of the 2012 event after their hard fought quarter-final victory over Tunisia.

    Ghana came through a tight clash to beat the 2004 champions 2-1 in extra-time in what was - at times - a temperamental game fraught with bad tackles.

    And Badu - who took the 'Man of the Match' honours after another tireless display in midfield - hailed his side's spirit, which he is convinced can take them past Zambia in Wednesday's semi-final.

    "We had to dig in against Tunisia as we have had to do in every game," the Udinese man told KickoffGhana.

    "We have had tough games so far but the next one against Zambia will be the most difficult because it is a place in the final at stake and they are playing good football."

    Badu laughed off suggestions that Ghana have been unconvincing in their campaign so far, stating that results come before attractive football.

    "We are not playing to please anyone," Badu said.

    "At the end of the day we have won three games and drawn one and are in the semi-final."
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    Default Muntari – “We have no excuse”

    Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has declared that there will be no room for excuses for failing to reach the final of the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

    The AC Milan midfielder tells Cafonline.com that they are determined and highly motivated to go for the kill against the Chipolopolos, when they lock horns on Wednesday at the Estadio de Bata in the coastal city of Bata.

    “We have no excuse. We have our minds made up and are motivated to win,” said the 27-year old, who is making his third appearance at the continental flagship football event.

    Muntari sums up the huge expectations of the team amounting to some level of pressure, but are matured to match the demands.

    “There is a bit of pressure when you are always the favourites. Since the FIFA World Cup in 2006, we have been playing well and exhibited great talent. People are expecting a lot from us and we (players) expect to do better as well. We want to win and we are on the right path.”

    Speaking of the Chipolopolos, Muntari said: “Zambia is a strong side and they won’t be here if they were not a good team. They have dangerous players and play as a unit. Each team has an ambition to high and we reckon it won’t be easy.”

    The winner of the Ghana-Zambia clash will face either Cote d’Ivoire or Mali in Sunday’s final scheduled for Libreville, Gabon.
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    Default Nations Cup semi-final and final only '70%' sold out



    Africa Cup of Nations organisers say that nearly a third of tickets are still available for Sunday's final in the Gabonese capital Libreville.
    The head of communications for Gabon's organising committee says that the semi-final between Ivory Coast and Mali on Wednesday has also yet to sell out.
    "Until now, we have sold 70% of tickets for the final and semi-final," said Louis Claude Mounzeo Koumba on Tuesday.
    "We've a meeting this afternoon to see how to give these tickets to people."
    "So there is no problem - we will have fans in the stadium for the semi-final and final," he told BBC Sport.

    Koumba explained that partners of the organising committee wish to buy more tickets, which they may then distribute for free - as happened for Sunday's quarter-final in Franceville.
    Despite the offer, the match between Ghana and Tunisia - which the Black Stars won 2-1 - was far from full.
    Yet with Ivory Coast supporters set to total some 7,000 inside the Stade de l'Amitie, Koumba expects more spectators on Wednesday, even if he refused to be drawn on whether the stadium would be full.
    The Libreville arena, which will host the second semi-final after Zambia meet Ghana in Wednesday's first game in Equatorial Guinea, can hold some 40,000 fans.

    "Don't be afraid - the whole thing is under control," Koumba added. "So there is no problem: we will have fans in the stadium for the semi and the final."
    Unusually, the most expensive tickets for both the semi-final and final have sold out, while the cheapest seats are still available.
    Empty seats have long been a feature of many Nations Cup tournaments, with games that do not involve the host nation often very poorly attended.
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    Default Zambia 1-0 Ghana,Ghana painfully LOSE OUT ON FINAL BERTH !

    Emmanuel Mayuka came off the bench to score a late goal as Zambia shocked Ghana to earn a place in the Africa Cup of Nations final.
    The substitute collected a pass and steered a shot into the bottom corner 12 minutes from the end after Asamoah Gyan missed a first-half penalty.
    Gyan's effort was saved when Davies Nkausu fouled Kwadwo Asamoah.
    Derek Boateng was sent off late on for Ghana before Prince Tagoe had a goal-bound shot blocked.

    Despite the Black Stars' dominance and the penalty miss, Zambia's Chris Katongo had another great opportunity in the first half but fired off-target.
    The Chipolopolo have never won the competition but the two-times runners-up have now reached the final of the competition for the first time since 1994.

    While for Ghana, who reached the 2010 final and have not won the Cup of Nations for 30 years, it was another crippling blow in similar circumstances to their World Cup exit in 2010.
    Back then, the Black Stars fell to a penalty-shoot out defeat in the quarter-final against Uruguay, where Gyan again missed from the spot in normal time.

    This time it was Kennedy Mweene who saved, as the striker shot low to the keeper's left after Asamoah was caught by Nkausu following Samuel Inkoom's cross.
    Ghana, who were without the injured Emmanuel Agyemang Badu dominated possession in the first period with brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew showing some neat link-up play as they strove to get in behind the Zambian defence.
    But Herve Renard's team stood firm, and after Nathan Sinkala tested goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, they could have taken the lead on the break.

    Rainford Kalaba cleverly received the ball and slipped in Katongo, but he shot wide from 12 yards with only Kwarasey to beat.
    Jordan Ayew missed a sitter when his brother found him before the break and shot from range early in the second half, yet for all their persistence and further efforts by Gyan, Ghana could not pierce the Zambian defence.
    With the game in a lull it was a surprise, then, that Gyan was replaced with 15 minutes left, especially as Zambia struck with the second half's only major chance.

    And when it finally came it was a goal worthy of winning the match.
    Half-time substitute Mayuka was fed by Isaac Chansa, before he held off a Ghanaian challenge and on the half turn fired into the bottom corner and in-off the post.
    The Ghana riposte was put off course when Derek Boateng received his second yellow card to reduce the 1982 champions to 10 men.
    And although Tagoe was denied in the closing stages, the four-times champions were made to rue another missed opportunity to claim silverware.
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    Default Gyan gets backing despite penalty miss

    Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has received strong backing from his Black Stars team-mates following his penalty miss against Zambia in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Gyan saw his 8th minute kick palmed away by Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene as the Black Stars lost 1-0 on Wednesday in Bata.

    The result dashed Ghana's hopes of reaching the finals of the tournament as they chase a fifth title.

    Gyan missed a penalty kick at the 2012 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay which drew criticism from certain quarters.

    However, Ghana assistant coach Kwesi Appiah says the striker needs to be encouraged rather than condemned.

    “Most of the time it’s the best players who take penalty kicks and sometimes they miss it. He [Gyan] is our best penalty taker anytime we have a penalty and it’s just unfortunate," Appiah said after the game.

    “It’s one of those things in the game. It’s time to encourage him than bring him down."

    Captain John Mensah has also reechoed the views of his coach demanding support for Gyan.

    “I spoke to him [Gyan] after the game in the dressing room. We are all aware that penalties can go either way and it can happen to anyone," Mensah said.

    “We just have to keep on encouraging him and make sure he can stay fit for the next game."



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    Default Mali beat Ghana to finish third



    Mali finished third at an Africa Cup of Nations for the first time after beating Ghana 2-0 in Malabo.
    Forward Cheick Tidiane Diabate struck twice to join the list of tournament top scorers with three goals.
    The game turned when Ghanaian defender Isaac Vorsah was sent off for a second yellow card after 64 minutes.
    Coach Alain Giresse danced on the pitch at the final whistle with his delighted players as the Eagles recorded their best Nations Cup result since 1972.
    Forty years ago, they reached the final on their maiden appearance at the tournament, only to lose to eventual champions Congo.
    Mali's victory in the Equatoguinean capital atoned for their 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Black Stars in the group stages, with Diabate saying afterwards that the players were keen to avenge the Franceville defeat.
    Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic did not seem to share such a desire for victory as he started the game without a recognised striker, choosing to play brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew up front in an experimental system.
    The Serb abandoned his scheme ten minutes before the break, as he brought on Prince Tagoe for Samuel Inkoom but by then some of the damage had already been done.
    After a couple of long-range efforts from Ghana and the slightest half-chance for Mali, the Eagles opened the scoring midway through the first period as Diabate stabbed home from close range.
    A corner routine found its way to Samba Diakite whose low strike from the edge of a crowded penalty area was spilled by Black Stars goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, leaving the Bordeaux striker with the easiest of chances.
    Samba Diakite tested Kwarasey shortly afterwards from a tight angle, but that was the last meaningful first-half action for the 6,000-odd fans who had come to watch the last Nations Cup match in Equatorial Guinea.
    Early in the second period, Ghanaian substitute Sulley Muntari thought he had brought his side level when volleying home Vorsah's knockdown but the goal was ruled out for offside in a tight decision.
    Vorsah's elation soon turned to despair as he became the third Black Star to be sent off at these finals after earning a second yellow card for his foul on Garra Dembele.
    After Diabate threatened from a Seydou Keita free-kick, Ghana enjoyed a rare sight of goal as centre-back Jonathan Mensah curled a fine effort from the D past the post.
    But the lanky Diabate soon wrapped up the points after left-back Adama Tamboura was set free down the flanks before delivering an inch-perfect cross which was tapped home for a decisive two-goal lead.
    The Malian became one of seven players on three goals at the finals, but his hopes of finishing joint-top scorer will end if Didier Drogba, Chris Katongo or Emmanuel Mayuka score in Sunday's final.
    Late on, Andre Ayew should have reduced the deficit but volleyed well wide from a fine position before his brother Jordan hit the corner of post and crossbar with a well-struck volley.
    It was too little too late as Mali finally ended a run of three third-place defeats, to spark beaming smiles from the players who carried Frenchman Giresse on top of their shoulders in celebration.
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    Default Zambia crowned African Champs after dramatic shoot-out


    Zambia delighted in winning their first Africa Cup of Nations title by beating tournament favourites Ivory Coast on penalties.
    After 14 kicks were converted, Kolo Toure and Gervinho failed to find the target for the Elephants as Zambia's Rainford Kalaba also blazed over.
    But Stoppila Sunzu found the top corner to complete an amazing 8-7 victory.
    It was a heartbreaking end for Ivorian skipper Didier Drogba, who missed a spot-kick in normal time.
    And it means the wait goes on for an Ivory Coast team replete with many Premier League and European stars, with the country losing the 2006 final to Egypt in the same way and last winning the title 20 years ago.
    For the Chipolopolo, who have already been runners-up twice, it concluded a tournament where they were inspired by the loss of the 1993 Zambian team after a plane crash close to the venue of the final in Libreville.

    The last time the southern African country reached the final in 1994, it was just a year after 18 Zambian team members died as they took off from the Gabonese capital.
    En route to the final, the current team had spoken of the strength they had gained in remembering that tragedy.
    And in winning the shoot-out, they showed a steely determination to beat their supposedly more illustrious opponents with a performance that was built on an indefatigable spirit.
    Having more than matched the Ivorian team throughout the 120 minutes of play, they showed greater composure when the contest came down to the crunch.
    Drogba's penalty miss after the hour mark was startling, as he smashed the ball way over the bar after Gervinho was pushed over.
    But Zambia were also unlucky as Boubacar Barry made two crucial saves at opposite ends of the match, first stopping Nathan Sinkala's shot from a well-worked corner and then poking Chris Katongo's shot onto the post in extra-time.
    Between those chances, Yaya Toure shot off-target from 10 yards and, although Francois Zahoui's team showed some impetus at times, they rarely tested the impressive Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene, who also scored in the mammoth shoot-out.
    With Zambia conceding just three goals en route to the final and Ivory Coast none, the game was never likely to be an open contest.
    And as the game progressed, the belief in the Ivorian team seemed to shrink.
    Buoyed by their vocal coach Herve Renard, Zambia always posed a threat from their well-worked set-pieces and it certainly appeared that fate was on their side when Chelsea forward Drogba missed from the spot.
    Spurned on by that miss, substitute Max Gradel injected some urgency into Zahoui's side as they pushed for a winner and the former Leeds forward was inches from scoring after Wilfried Bony's knock down.
    Although Didier Ya Konan and Kalaba both went close for either side in extra-time, they could not prevent the game being decided by the engrossing shoot-out.
    Drogba made amends for his earlier miss by scoring his team's fifth kick, after Souleymane Bamba was fortunate to earn a second chance having missed his first effort.
    Mweene was penalised for encroachment on that occasion, but he was the coolest man on the pitch as he took it to sudden death.
    That left Sunzu to make the most of misses by Kolo Toure and Gervinho, sparking wild celebrations for a triumph which almost seemed scripted.
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    Hero's welcome for Zambia's champions

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    Well deserved win for the Chipolopolo. Complacency took Ghana no where.

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    Default $59,000 for AFCON Champs,Zambia

    The Zambia national team they were met by around 200,000 people at the Lusaka show grounds as they returned home on Monday following their successful 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

    Zambia defeated favourites Cote d'Ivoire 8-7 in a penalty shootout at the end of a goalless final on Sunday night to earn the right to be called champions of Africa.

    The Afcon victory has seen many Zambian people visiting the ------ site of the 1993 squad who passed away in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon. The country's president Michael Sata is expected to lay a wreath at the ------ site on Tuesday to honour the victims of that fateful crash.

    The Zambian government has decided to reward the Afcon winning squad members with $59 000 each, sports minister Chishimba Kambwili said on Tuesday.

    "The government has given each one of you $59 000, and that is beside what the corporate organisations might decide to give. This money is from the government," Kambwili said on national radio.


    http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2886/...come-team-home

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