I heard my brothers shouting with joy, so I ran to their room....Zambia had just won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cup!!! Ofcourse, I joined them to jubilate! Zambia's National football team known as The Chipolopolo (the Copper Bullets), won their very first continental title in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, climbing to 43rd position in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
Finally, just like the 2010 World Cup, where Spain won their very first World Cup, a new nation emerged as the winner of the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations. Was getting tired of seeing the "same people" winning....wanted new "blood" and Zambia did themselves proud by carrying the CAF cup.
Just nineteen years ago, in 1993, eighteen members of the Zambian National Football team where killed in a plane crash while heading for their FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar. The Chipolopolo won the Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville, only a few hundred metres inland from the crash site and was dedicated to the ones who lost their lives in the tragedy.
Well done, Chipolopolo! You have made your nation proud!!!!