2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final

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2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final
Event2012 Africa Cup of Nations
8–7 (penalties)
Date12 February 2012
VenueStade d'Angondjé, Libreville
RefereeBadara Diatta (Senegal)
WeatherMostly cloudy
25 °C (77 °F)[1]
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The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final was a football match that took place on 12 February 2012 at the Stade d'Angondjé in Libreville, Gabon, to determine the winner of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). This stadium is only a short distance from the spot where most of the Zambian national team died when their aeroplane crashed in 1993. It was contested by Zambia and Côte d'Ivoire. The kickoff time was delayed by 30 minutes to 20:30.[2]

Zambia won the title for the first time by beating Côte d'Ivoire 8–7 on penalties.[3][4][5]

Background

This was the third appearance in the final for Zambia; the "Copper Bullets" lost in 1974 and 1994. After a surprising start and a win over Senegal,[6] they drew with Libya[7] before winning the deciding match against the host Equatorial Guinea and winning the group.[8] In the quarterfinals they won 3–0 against Sudan[9] and shocked Ghana as they defeated them 1–0 in the semifinals.[10] Both Christopher Katongo and Emmanuel Mayuka scored three goals in the first five matches to help Zambia to reach the final. The match was an emotional one for Zambia, as the stadium in Libreville was just miles away from the site of the 1993 Zambia national football team air disaster, in which 18 players were killed.

Côte d'Ivoire also appeared in their third final. They won it in 1992 and lost in 2006. The "Elephants" had gone through the tournament so far without conceding a goal and winning all of their matches. It started with a victory against Sudan,[11] followed by two wins against Burkina Faso[12] and Angola, the latter one without some of the best players.[13] The quarterfinal was won against co-host Equatorial Guinea,[14] before Mali was beaten 1–0.[15] Didier Drogba joins Katongo and Mayuka with three goals himself at the top of the goalscorers.

Route to the final

Zambia Round Côte d'Ivoire
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
 Senegal 2–1 Match 1 Template:Country data SUD 1–0
 Libya 2–2 Match 2  Burkina Faso 2–0
 Equatorial Guinea 1–0 Match 3  Angola 2–0
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zambia 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
 Equatorial Guinea 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
 Libya 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Senegal 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Template:Country data CIV 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
Template:Country data SUD 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Angola 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
 Burkina Faso 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
Template:Country data SUD 3–0 Quarterfinals  Equatorial Guinea 3–0
Template:Country data GHA 1–0 Semifinals  Mali 1–0

Match details

Details

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Zambia
Côte d'Ivoire
GK 16 Kennedy Mweene
RB 6 Davies Nkausu
CB 13 Stophira Sunzu
CB 5 Hijani Himoonde
LB 4 Joseph Musonda Template:Suboff
RM 3 Chisamba Lungu
CM 8 Isaac Chansa
CM 19 Nathan Sinkala
LM 17 Rainford Kalaba
CF 11 Christopher Katongo (c)
CF 20 Emmanuel Mayuka
Substitutions:
DF 23 Nyambe Mulenga Template:Yel Template:Subon Template:Suboff
MF 10 Felix Katongo Template:Subon
Manager:
France Hervé Renard
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GK 1 Boubacar Barry
RB 6 Jean-Jacques Gosso
CB 4 Kolo Touré
CB 22 Sol Bamba Template:Yel
LB 17 Siaka Tiéné
RM 5 Didier Zokora Template:Suboff
CM 19 Yaya Touré Template:Suboff
LM 9 Cheick Tioté Template:Yel
AM 10 Gervinho
AM 8 Salomon Kalou Template:Suboff
CF 11 Didier Drogba (c)
Substitutions:
MF 15 Max Gradel Template:Subon
MF 13 Didier Ya Konan Template:Subon
FW 12 Wilfried Bony Template:Subon
Manager:
Template:Country data CIV François Zahoui
Assistant referees:
Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Fourth official:
Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

References

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