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Zambia cloaks 8 years since Afcon triumph

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File: The Chipolopolo Boys after they won the AFCON in Gabon in 2012

Today marks exactly eight years since Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations under Frenchman Herve Renard. On this day, Stoppilla Sunzu stroked home his penalty to hand Zambia a deserved 8-7 win over Ivory Coast to lift the trophy for the first time. Christopher Katongo who was later to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year hoisted the trophy to become the only Zambian skipper to lift the trophy.

He currently serves as assistant coach at Green Buffaloes Football Club. Another star to have rode that tide from that generation is Rainford Kalaba who was within grasp of being named African Footballer of the Year based in Africa but was overlooked for Uganda’s Denis Onyango in 2017.

Others to have tucked away their spot kicks on the night are Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka, Isaac Chansa, Felix Katongo, Kennedy Mweene, Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, and Sunzu while ‘The Master’ who had been the heartbeat of the Zambian campaign sent his skyways.

Since 2012 Zambia’s football star has been on the wane starting with first round ejection in 2013, 2015 and missing out on qualification in 2017 and 2019.

Since then Zambia has only tasted glory at Under-20 level where they were crowned champions of Africa in 2017 on home soil.

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