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February 13/2012 2:24amThere was no other place to be in the making of history than being at the Zambia High Commission in Kensington London. Zambians and friends of Zambia gathered at the Mission in numbers to watch Chipolopolo Boys thrush Ivory Coast on penalties to lift the prestigious Africa Cup football trophy. Led by HC. Lt. Col. Nkunika and staff at Zambia House the National Anthem was sung in a powerfull way that made one feel Zambia will wallop Ivory Coast in the match before it even started.It was amazing to see Zambians and friends of Zambia come together in typical Zambian style to watch the game while enjoying free drinks and snacks provided. Everything went smoothly as planned by the organizers.By the time the game started everyone in the conference room was in football mood. A big projector screen and a television screened the event.Cheering by fans went on throughout the match until into extra time and on to penalties. There was the usual uuuuh's, aaaah's, and oooh's as the game became unpredictable.Drinks were still flowing when Zambia scored the winning penalty. There was massive jubilation and dancing by everyone in the house as you can see in the photos. DJ SNYPA played the right Zambian tunes to make Zambia House shake. There was lots of cuddles. Some overjoyed guests rolled on the carpet in exitement of the motherland becoming the best in Africa 2012 football history. What a great evening it was at Zambia house. Congratulations Chipolopolo boys and to Zambians and Zambia as a whole. Thumbs up to the High Commission for arranging the well organized and properly timed event.Coming together for fun and keeping in touch with one another at the Mission should be an on going programme just like the good old Z Club days, as long as guests BEHAVE and not SPOIL it for themselves. Enjoy the photos. / zamuk

Champions at last! Chipolopolo conquer AfricaFebruary 13, 2012Zambia are the New AFCON champions. The Chipolopolo boys beat a star studded Ivory Coast team 8 – 7 in a brutal penalty shoot out that saw Kennedy Mweene save Kolo Toures penalty and both Gervinho and Kalaba balloon their spot kicks to claim their first Africa Cup of Nations title on Sunday.TP Mazembe strong man who has made it into the Africa best eleven team converted his spot kick after Gervinho had missed his spot kick to send Zambia into wild celebrations.Zambia having been eliminated at the quarter final stage in a penalty shoot out against Nigeria in the last tournament seemed to be motivated by the emotions of the memories of the team which perished just a few kilometers from where the game was being played seemed to have an extra spring in their foot as they took on the tournament favorites with am acclaim of stars, punch for punch.The ‘Golden generation’ as the current Ivorian team is fondly referred to led by Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba came in this match unchanged from the team which did the work against Mali in the semi final but found the Zambian lads very resilient.Herve Renard decided to be brave as he released the handbrake by starting with Chisamba Lungu who is more attacking in place of Francis Kasonde. Swiss side Young boys starlet Emmanuel Mayuka started ahead of James Chamanga after he conjured the winning goal in the semi final. The two were the only changes from the previous match.Zambia showed that they meant business from the start when Kalaba found Chris from a corner kick who laid the ball off for Sinkala in the area only for his well taken shot to be saved by Barry as early as the first minute. This set the tone for the game.The boys from Zambia showed that they were willing to die a little for the country when Joseph Musonda when threw in everything in a well timed last ditch tackle to intercept a beautifully crafted through ball to an Ivorian striker which would surely have exposed keeper Mweene but for him to come out with a serious injury to his ankle which had him walk out in tears. He had to be replaced by Zesco right back Nyambe Mulenga as early as the10th minute.It took the much fancied Elephants 30 minutes to get a clear site on goal after a good interchange of passes in the 18 yard box. Didier Drogba back heeled a pass to Yaya Toure who shot wide from near the penalty spot.Zambia were clearly the more enterprising team in the first half as the team played with verve and courage which could have been expected of their more experienced opponents. The Zambian lads even had the luxury if showboating with some sleeky one touch passes and marvelous footwork from Chisamba. The Zambians could have felt they could have stolen a goal in the first half.The second half started at a slower pace as compared to the first half was pacy. It took about 10 minutes for the game to explode back into life as both teams seemed to raise their game in search of a goal.Ivory Coast got a big break through on 72 minutes as Gervhino was adjudged to have been hounded down by hard working Isaac Chansa after he had beaten Nathan Sinkala and was making a goal ward dash.Sensing the glory of marking his name as the top goal scorer for the tournament, Drogba stepped up only to blast his shot over the bar with Mweene waving his hands in front of his own face as if asking the Ivorian if he couldn’t see the goal. Drogba only stared back at the penalty spot as if to blame the pitch though his supporters only remembered the miss he had against Equatorial Guinea.Max Grade who had come on for Salom Khalou also had a chance in the box but he put his cut back shot wide of the post despite beating the mercurial Kennedy Mweene.Sensing the danger of the red card as the defenders tried to keep up with the pacy Ivorians, Herve Renard decided to withdraw substitute Nyambe Mulenga who had talked himself into the book for Felix Katongo. This meant a tactical switch of Chisamba going to left back and dimunitive Felix having to take charge wide in the midfield, a switch which paid in terms of adding more pressure to the Ivorians as Chisamba showed ability to push up and support the attack.Felix popped up on the right wing in the last minute of injury time and in a manner reminiscent of the goal he created against Comoros in the qualifiers. He laid the ball for his brother Chris who gave it a sweet touch towards goal only for Barry luckily to turn it around the post using his foot after he had dived in the wrong direction.The extra time passed with both teams still deadlocked but both threatening and the pressure of the moment seemed to bring the best out of the Zambian team.The drama of the penalty shoot out unwrapped with both side converting their first regular 5 spot kicks. Kennedy Mweene had saved one of the first five but was adjudged to have moved off his line and the kick was allowed to be retaken.The Ivorian spot kick takers short list seemed to have been too short as they didn’t seem sure as to who was supposed to come after who after the first five.Mweene again sealed his firm after he saved Kolo Toures penalty but Zambias crowning as champs was delayed as Kalaba shot over the bar with what would have been the match winning penalty. But it was only moments later when Arsenal striker Gervinho shot over the bar and and Sunzu sent home his spot kick with the backing of his colleagues who where on their knees seeing a local religious song.

Zambia has catapulted 50 places on the Fifa rankings to enter the top 50 for the first time in 11 years.The 2012 African champions leaped from 71 to 41 in the world following their successful Africa Cup campaign where they won their first ever continental crown.The win has also seen Zambia rise from 16th on the Caf rankings to number four.2012 Africa Cup losing finalists Cote d’Ivoire stay top as Africa’s number one team on the Fifa rankings despite losing to Zambia 8-7 on post-match penalties after a scoreless draw at the end of 120 minutes of action.Cote d’Ivoire are number 15 in the World while Ghana are second in 23rd placed in the World while Algeria are at number 36 and 3rd in Africa

18/02/2012 3:33 > Zambians and friends of Zambia carried on celebrating Chipolopolo boys lifting the Africa cup. This time the celebration was at a pub in Elephant & Castle S.W. London. DJ Snypa, and DJ Blair Kami blasted some very serious Chipolopolo songs. As usual people hit the dance floor throughout till close down. Another nice evening with jubilant Chipolopolo supporters, some still in shock about the unespected victory." It has not sunk in yet" said one reveller "Until we start defending the title in SA next year." Enjoy the quality photos / zamuk

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A collection of photos of the week over the past years.