Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Zambia triumphs on date with destination
February 12th, 2012 5:43PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  african nations cup

MOST COMMENTED

[AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS] Almost 19 years after it national team perished in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon, Zambia returned to Libreville and won the Africa Cup of Nations, defeating Ivory Coast, 8-7, on penalty kicks after their match finished 0-0.

"There was a sign of destiny, a force within us. Maybe it was meant to be," Zambia coach Herve Renard said. "I can't explain it. Honestly, I can't explain it. Something was written in the stars. It was not me."

Star Didier Drogba missed a penalty kick in the second half for the heavily favored Elephants, who finished the tournament without giving up a goal.

The miss was Drogba's second of the tournament and was followed by misses by Kolo Toure and Gervinho, two other EPL stars, in the 8th and 9th rounds of the shootout.

The pressure was entirely on Ivory Coast, and the Elephants got off to a poor start, allowing Nathan Sinkala to get off a close-range shot that Boubacar Barry saved seconds into the game.

But little by little, Drogba and Company took the game to the no-name Zambians.

Ivory Coast's best chance came in the 70th minute when Gervinho was taken down in the area. But Drogba skied his shot high over the goal.

The best chance in the overtime periods went to Zambia when Felix Katongo found brother Christopher -- named the tournament's top player -- but Barry’s toe poked his shot off the near post.

Feb. 12 in Libreville
Ivory Coast 0 Zambia 0 (Zambia wins 8-7 on penalties.)
Ivory Coast -- Barry, Tiene, K.Toure, Bamba, Gosso Gosso, Zokora (Ya Konan 75), Tiote, Y.Toure (Bony 87), Gervinho, Kalou (Gradel 63), Drogba.
Zambia -- Mweene, Musonda (Mulenga 12; F.Katongo 74), Sunzu, Himoonde, Nkausu, Sinkala, Lungu, Chansa, C.Katongo, Kalaba, Mayuka.
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal).



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Barcelona visits Madrid with Messi on the brink     
[CLASICO PREVIEW] Barcelona visits Spain's capital on Saturday for a mouthwatering edition of the world's biggest ...
Real Salt Lake jumps back into third place    
[MLS: Wednesday] By beating Chivas USA, 2-0, in its regular-season finale, Real Salt Lake not only ...
Cristiano Ronaldo closes in Raul's record    
[UCL: Week 3] Defending champion Real Madrid showed just how much work Liverpool has ahead of ...
D.C. United clinches No. 1 seed for quarterfinals    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Wednesday's results in the Concacaf Champions League -- the Montreal Impact's 1-1 tie ...
Orlando City SC launches Web site    
[ONLINE WATCH] As one of two MLS expansion teams that will start play next March, Orlando ...
IMG obtains MLS and U.S. Soccer global rights    
[SOCCER BUSINESS] IMG has signed an eight-year agreement with MLS and U.S. Soccer to market and ...
USA headed to London to face Colombia in November    
[DATEBOOK] The USA will play its first ever neutral match in England on Nov. 14 when ...
What They're Saying: Don Garber    
"Somehow this turned into a personal Klinsmann vs. Garber debate and I have seen some of ...
Keith Olbermann skewers Colorado Rapids president     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Rapids president Tim Hinchey made Keith Olbermann's the "World's Worst Person ...
Real Salt Lake angling for highest possible finish    
[MLS: Week 33] The concept of a "bogey" team -- a foe that no matter how ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives