Sunday, February 12, 2012

Africa Cup of Nations: Ivory Coast meet Zambia in Final [ Sunday 12 February 2012 ]

The day finally arrives today when Ivory Coast meet Zambia in the Africa Cup of Union football final.

Africa Cup of Nations Final 2012: Ivory Coast vs Zambia
Of the two teams in today's final, Ivory Coast is being dubbed as the favourites as it is on a run of five straight wins without conceding a goal. Ivory Coast team is presently the top-ranked team and shall be kicking the ball harder than ever before to clinch the cup. Ivory Coast are contesting their third final, having lost in 2006 against host Egypt after winning their only title in 1992 against Ghana - with both games being decided by penalties. With super stars like Drogba, Yaya Toure, Gervinho and Didier Zokora, the Elephants, as the Ivory Coast teams is called, are confident to win over the Zambians.

Zambia has a very slim hope to win and some say that even the Zambian players also are aware of it. The Zambians will also be contesting their third finals, after finishing as runners-up in 1974 and 1994. It may be recalled that the entire Zambian team perished in a tragic air crash in 1993, and Zambians started from the scratch in 1994.The Zambians are drawing inspiration from the presence of Zambian FA president Kalusha Bwalya, who missed the 1993 flight and evaded a close call.

However, game of sports is full of surprises and upheavals -  anything can happen tonight. So keep your fingers crossed till the final whistle is blown for the final to come to an end.

Probable Starting Lineup:

Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu, Joseph Musonda, Hichani Himoonde, Stopilla Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, Isaac Chansa, Rainford Kalaba, Chris Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka

Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry, Kolo Toure, Arthur Boka, Sol Bamba, Jean-Jacques Gosso, Didier Zokora, Yaya Toure, Cheik Tiote, Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Gervinho

The Venue for Sunday's final is the Stade de l'Amitie, Libreville and the kick of time is scheduled at 1930 GMT


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