Sunday, February 12, 2012
Chipolopolo ready to shoot the elephant
FROM Libreville (Gabon) ZAMBIA aims to kill and go right into the Guinness book of records when the Chipolopolo face the dreaded Elephants of Ivory Coast in an emotional 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final match at the Stade de I’Amitie here. Zambia has never lifted the AFCON trophy and will be clashing with Ivory Coast, the 1992 champions and the team many players exhibiting their career in Europe, in a quest for the continental silverware which eluded the Chipolopolo in 1974 and 1994. The Chipolopolo have had a fairytale run at this year’s tournament, claiming the scalps of two of the pre-tournament favourites, Senegal and Ghana and now want to end the campaign with another shock win over Ivory Coast. With this year’s AFCON final being staged in Libreville – the Gabonese coastal city where the 1993 Zambian squad perished in a plane crash - the Chipolopolo hope to banish those sad memories winning the elusive African title with a prize tag of $2 million. Ironically, both Zambia and Ivory Coast have previously reached the finals twice but the Elephants were successful 20 years ago.
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