Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

FASHION

Jean-Marc Loubier, bags and shoes.

Read more

ENCORE!

Hip-hop musician Beat Assailant on mixing the sounds of the city

Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika clinches fourth term amid fraud claims

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Police arrest S. Korea ferry captain for negligence

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • World honours Garcia Marquez’s magical literary legacy

    Read more

  • Ukraine: ‘One bloody incident could scupper Geneva deal’

    Read more

  • Top Hollande adviser resigns over conflict of interest accusation

    Read more

  • Indian election: Votes for sale

    Read more

  • West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • Video: Tensions remain high in Mariupol despite Geneva deal

    Read more

  • In Prijedor, survivors fight to keep memory alive

    Read more

  • Deadly avalanche strikes Everest in worst-ever disaster

    Read more

  • With a strong French presence, veterans and fresh faces, Cannes aims to please

    Read more

  • Russia and West agree on steps to ease Ukraine crisis

    Read more

  • Mob launches deadly attack on UN shelter for S. Sudan civilians

    Read more

  • Eurostar train mishap causes 'severe' delays

    Read more

  • Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant

    Read more

  • French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali by Islamists

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • After cup defeat, Spanish pundits read last rites for Barcelona

    Read more

  • India heads to polls in single largest day of voting

    Read more

Sport

Zambia beat Ivory Coast 8-7 in finals

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-02-13

Zambia defeated Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties to win its first Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon on Sunday. Stophira Sunzu scored the deciding sudden-death penalty.

AFP - Coach Herve Renard believes Zambia's shock defeat of Ivory Coast in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final was "written in the sky".

The Frenchman was referring to Zambia's quest to be crowned the continental champions in homage to their fallen comrades in the national team who were killed in a plane crash off the Libreville coast 19 years ago.

"We know what we wanted to honour this evening, it was a sign of destiny, written in the sky, there was a force with us. I think God has helped us and given us strength," Renard told a post-final press conference.

After Zambia's stunning 8-7 penalty shoot out defeat of hot favourites Ivory Coast Renard embraced Kalusha Bwalya, the Zambian Football Federation chief and only survivor of the ill-fated '93 national team.

Bwalya it was who had enough confidence to appoint Renard, then assistant to Ghana manager Claude LeRoy, as coach of Zambia in 2008, and again to re-sign him in 2010.

Renard reflected: "Kalusha was one of the best Zambian players of the last century.

"Then he was coach of the national team, now our president.

"He survived the crash, he was supposed to have been on that plane which was going to play a World Cup qualifer against Senegal.

"He knows how terrible this crash was for the nation.

"I want to dedicate this title to him, he gave me my chance when nobody knew me.

"With Claude LeRoy and Kalusha I have been fortunate to have met these two people along my journey."

He reckoned Zambia had been lucky to play all their games up to the final across the Gabonese border in Equatorial Guinea, explaining: "It was only possible for us to return to Gabon (to honour the 1993 team) if we made the final, that gave us incredible strength."

Zambian midfielder Isaac Cansa said they appreciated they had achieved something enormous for the Zambian people.

"The 1993 tragedy played its role. We weren't favourites for the competition or the final, but we believed in ourselves."

Renard, who has joined a select club of Frenchman to win the Nations Cup, a group that includes LeRoy and Roger Lemerre, who won in 2004 with Tunisia, says his future lies with Zambia.

"It's a fantastic country. I'm proud to bring the Cup back to Zambia."

Even though it was Stoppila Sunzu who converted the winning penalty his teammate Rainford Kalaba had had the chance to score the decisive spot-kick after Kolo Toure had missed the Ivory Coast's seventh.

"They call Kalaba 'the master' because he's such a fantastic player, but, like (Diego) Maradona or (Michel) Platini he's a human being and is capable of missing something. This wasn't the right time for him to miss, but luckily along came Stoppila to give us the title."

 

Date created : 2012-02-13

  • 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

    Zambia seek to honour fallen idols against Ivory Coast

    Read more

  • 2012 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Zambia reaches final after surprise win over Ghana

    Read more

  • AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Ghana heads to semi-finals after 2-1 win over Tunisia

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)