Zambia beat Ghana 1-0 in African Cup semifinals
Zambia one step away from making history in South Africa. 1-0 win over Ghana in the semi-finals on Wednesday (8/2), deliver the team is nicknamed "Chipolopolo", aka the Copper Bullets, it's the final round. They challenge the formidable team of the Ivory Coast to win the first time.
Zambia reached the top of the success of the party to play in the tournament. Surprises that made the players Zambia Ghana's ambitions at the same time diminish the prediction interrupted dream final between Ghana and Ivory Coast. Ghana is more feasible because it favored than Zambia, both historically, and the players, they excel at everything. Throughout the history of the African Nations Cup, Ghana had tasted four titles.
Year 2010, they made a phenomenal achievement by penetrating the World Cup quarter-finals. Ghana became the second African team after Cameroon to successfully penetrate the elite group of eight of the world.
However, the history and excellence of the players do not make players afraid of Zambia. They performed an all-out in the field to reduce the once conquered Ghana. Ghana itself appears to dominate. Number of opportunities they could create, including the penalty appeals.
Unfortunately the execution is taken failed to produce a goal. In the second half, the pressure of Ghana did not stop. However, the game does not belong to Ghana yesterday.Zambia actually comes out a winner. Substitute Emmanuel Mayuka scored in the 78th minute.
History of painful
Final match at the Stade de l'Amite on Monday (13/2) early morning will be painful to uncover the history of Zambia. Gabon's home, the team will try to win the final match for the third time, after the tragedy of a plane crash carrying 30 players Zambia in Libreville in 1993.
Zambia, who twice finished runner-up, the last time performing at the African Nations Cup finals in 1994, or the year after the accident aircraft. When they defeated Nigeria 1-2 in a match full of emotional.
"The last time Zambia played in the finals in 1994 with the reserve team for the entire team died in 1993. That is, before the tournament we can say: if the course can substitute for the African Nations Cup finals, why do we not? And we can," said CoachZambia, Herve Renard.
To realize that dream, Zambia had to face the Ivory Coast. Didier Drogba and his friends advanced to the finals thanks to a 1-0 victory over Mali. Goals mere puppet made Ivory Coast player English club, Arsenal, Gervinho.
Compared to Zambia, Ivory Coast is favored champions. As with Ghana, they reinforced a number of players who competed in the Europa League. For Ivory Coast, this may be the last chance for their golden generation, such as Drogba, who turns 34 next month.
"We came here with a lot of expectations and pressure. Failure in the past be a lesson," says Ivory Coast coach, Francois Zahoui.