Big Cheers For The Chipolopolo of Zambia

Posted February 12th, 2012 at 7:43 pm (UTC-4)
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Zambian players celebrate their victory over Ivory Coast (AFP/Getty Images)

There were cheers in Lusaka and Chililabombwe and all across Zambia Sunday night as the country’s football fans celebrated the national team’s first ever Africa Cup of Nations title. In a dramatic penalty kick shoot out, the Chipolopolo of Zambia beat the tournament favorite Elephants of Ivory Coast, 8-7, in the final in Libreville, Gabon.

The victory came 19 years after another Zambian team perished in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon, killing the coach and 18 players. Before the Nations Cup final, one Zambian fan, Elson, told VOA the Chipolopolo “would be playing with 22 players on the pitch in Libreville,” saying the spirits of the deceased would help deliver Zambia its maiden Nations Cup trophy.

The Chipolopolo were runners-up at the 1974 and 1994

Kalusha Bwalya

Nations Cup tournaments. The captain of the 1994 squad, Kalusha Bwalya, is now the president of the Football Association of Zambia. Before the final, Bwalya spoke with VOA’s Shaka Ssali, who described this Zambian squad as “a team of destiny.”

While this team of destiny created celebrations in Zambia, there was bitter disappointment in Ivory Coast, which was bidding for its first Nations Cup title in 20 years. Led by England-based stars Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, the 2011 African Footballer of the Year, the Elephants were picked by many before the competition kicked off to win the trophy. Ivory Coast also lost the 2006 Nations Cup final to Egypt on penalty kicks.

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16 responses to “Big Cheers For The Chipolopolo of Zambia”

  1. Marijambo says:

    Wow! Am a great fun of zambia from nairobi kenya, i congratulate zambia for the great achivement, thay proved to us that thay are trou heros of thare brothers who perished in a plen crash in 1993,congratulations chipolopolo!!!!!!.

  2. Chiyumbe says:

    What can we say about the boys. 19years ago Zambia mourned the fallen heroes in the town, today Zambia celebrates what the fallen heroes had longed to achieve in the same city. God is indeed gracious to Zambia he deserves all the worship and praises. Thank you Zambia for this is the year of completion not injustice.

  3. Wendu says:

    I am an Ethiopian fan of the chipolopolo.

    Proud of my Southeastern African neighbours…Congrats.
    Wendu Yewendoch Wend

  4. Kelita says:

    I knew Zambia would carry the day because 2012 is the year for transformation for whole Nation.

  5. segun adeyemi says:

    Hey Sonny, you were rooting for the Chipolopolo all the way – and it ended your way!. Congratulations Zambia, Congratulations Sonny and Congratulations Africa for a worthy final:-)

  6. Khumbulani Ntshangase says:

    One Zambia One Nation
    Well done Brothers for bringing the cup to Southern African region .Congratulations to all players especial those playing in South African league (PSL) .Thanks for bringing “KK” (Kenneth Kaunda) into the stadium .

  7. Monica Ntshangase says:

    I am Monica Ntshangase from South Africa . I took 8 bullets to kill the Elephants well done guys . May I have one tusk to make necklace please ?

  8. Mai Tawonashe says:

    Chipolopolo you have made southern afrika proud.Zimbabweans join you in celebration…..please enjoy safely and responsibly

  9. Paul Sisco says:

    Great, great stuff. congratulations to all of Zambia.

  10. vusilizwe ndhlebe says:

    THANK YOU ZAMBIA YOU HAVE RAISED THE PRIDE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA WE THANK YOU . WELL DONE CHIPOLOPOLO WE SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY. PROUD ZIMBABWEAN..THE LITTLE BOYS THE UNKNOWN PLAYERS HAVE DONE IT AGAINST THE WORLD CLASS FOOTBALLERS . THE BALL IS ROUND SO LETS GIVE CHEERS TO ZAMBIA

  11. nero says:

    Viva Chipolopolo!Lets ensure that the Cup does not cross the equator for the next 10years. You have proved that southern Africa can also do it.

  12. Mwiza says:

    Well Done my Chipolopolo, you’ve made me proud, and you really gave me hope when i saw you praying coz i knew God would never disappoint his children, we re a Christian Nation and a shinning example to the whole world. Mwabombeni balumendo. I feel like we won the Chelsea Team. THANKYOU JESUS!!!

  13. Soqraaxis says:

    Can any one believe that I was probably the only 1 in Ethiopia, if not Africa, who predicted Zambia would win right after watching their 1st play?

  14. Rexie Luya says:

    Chipolopolo Boyz
    You are the pride of Africa Southern Africa specifically. The celebrations which were in Malawi was more than Lusaka you can imagine.
    Boys you did a tremendous job and blood of fallen heroes were not in vain keep it up.

    All the best boys

    Rexie D. Luya – Blantyre (Malawi)

  15. Adama says:

    I am from west Arica; I was supporting Zambia. People call me now Mr Chipolopolo; I am proud of that name. I have always liked the zambi9an team. I have cried when they lost their team

  16. Nambela says:

    viva chipolopolo. job well done through Jesus Name Amen.

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