Zambia Wins The 2012 African Cup Of Nations

For the first time in history, Zambia have conquered the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after beating Ivory Coast in the penalties.

In a truly dramatic final, in which experienced player Didier Drogba, at 20 minutes to the end of the match failed a penalty-kick, Zambia ended up winning the title for the first time, with a 8-7 score, in the penalties stage, after a goalless draw at the end of the 90 minutes and extra-time.

Therefore, Gervinho, one of the key-players of the night, failed his last kick for Ivory Coast as Zambia took advantage and made history, succeeding to Egypt in the trophy’s achievement, while the Ivoirians were left with the bitter memory of having lost the same way for the Egyptians, back in 2006.

This was the third time that Zambia had made to the AFCON finals, after having lost against Zaire in 1974 and against Nigeria in 1994.

On Saturday afternoon, Mali earned the 2012 African Cup of nations’ third place, as they beat Ghana, who finished at fourth, by 2-0.


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