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Special Feat: Zambia lifts AFCON 2012 championship

Afcon 2012 final moment went to Zambia men's national football team
Zambia's final Moment of 2012 Afcon

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Eleven years ago on February 12, 2012, the Zambia men’s national football team made history by winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after defeating Ivory Coast 8-7 in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.

This was Zambia’s third final appearance in the AFCON after near wins in 1974 (Cairo) and 1994 (Tunis). The championship was held in Libreville, Gabon, which was a significant location for the Zambian team as it was here in 1993 that Zambia lost an entire national team in a tragic air disaster off the coast of Gabon.

The 2012 AFCON was a tournament to remember for Zambia, who entered the competition as underdogs but soon proved their worth by defeating some of the strongest teams in Africa. The team’s journey to the final was filled with drama and excitement, with close wins and penalty shootouts that kept fans on the edge of their seats. The final against Ivory Coast was no different, with both teams battling it out until the very end.

The penalty shoot-out was a tense and emotional moment for both teams and their fans. Zambia held their nerve and converted all eight of their penalties, while Ivory Coast missed one, giving Zambia the win and the coveted AFCON title. The celebrations that followed were wild and jubilant, as the Zambian team and fans celebrated their historic victory.

The 2012 AFCON championship was a turning point for Zambian football, and the team’s success inspired a generation of young players to pursue their dreams of playing for their country. The win was a testament to the strength, resilience, and determination of the Zambian team and the nation as a whole.

2012 AFCON championship will forever be remembered as a significant moment in the history of Zambian football and a proud moment for all Zambians. The team’s victory was a tribute to the memory of the fallen heroes of 1993, and a reminder that even in the face of adversity, anything is possible.

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