Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Emotional Night for African Champions Zambia

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Emotional Night for African Champions Zambia

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ZAMBIA clinched their first African Nations Cup crown with a poignant 8-7 penalty shoot-out victory over Ivory Coast, after last night's final ended goalless.

Nineteen years after a plane crash which killed 18 members of their squad in Libreville, the Chipolopolo returned to the Gabon capital to record the most famous win in the country's history.

A dramatic shoot-out at the end of 120 minutes of largely underwhelming football went the way of Zambia when Arsenal striker Gervinho shot wide and Stophira Sunzu's hit home.

Newcastle's Cheick Tiote had been the first to put himself forward for the Ivorians, scoring the first of the shoot-out's penalties - but his night was to end in tears.

The final proved a tale of penalty woe for Ivory Coast, chasing their first continental crown for 20 years, with Didier Drogba also failing from the spot during the 90 minutes.

However, the win was ultimately no more than Zambia deserved for a plucky display against the odds. …

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