2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final

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2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final
Event 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
8–7 (penalties)
Date 12 February 2012
Venue Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville
Referee Badara Diatta (Senegal)
Weather Mostly cloudy
25 °C (77 °F)[1]
2010
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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[edit]

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[edit]

Zambia Round Côte d'Ivoire
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
 Senegal 2–1 Match 1  Sudan 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
 Ivory Coast 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
 Sudan 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
 Sudan 3–0 Quarterfinals  Equatorial Guinea 3–0
 Ghana 1–0 Semifinals  Mali 1–0

Match details[edit]

Details[edit]

Zambia
Côte d'Ivoire
GK 16 Kennedy Mweene
RB 6 Davies Nkausu
CB 13 Stophira Sunzu
CB 5 Hijani Himoonde
LB 4 Joseph Musonda Substituted off 12'
RM 3 Chisamba Lungu
CM 8 Isaac Chansa
CM 19 Nathan Sinkala
LM 17 Rainford Kalaba
FW 11 Christopher Katongo (c)
FW 20 Emmanuel Mayuka
Substitutions:
DF 23 Nyambe Mulenga Booked 69' Substituted in 12' Substituted off 74'
MF 10 Felix Katongo Substituted in 74'
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 Booked 66'
LB 17 Siaka Tiéné
CM 5 Didier Zokora Substituted off 75'
CM 19 Yaya Touré Substituted off 87'
CM 9 Cheick Tioté Booked 63'
SS 10 Gervinho
SS 8 Salomon Kalou Substituted off 63'
CF 11 Didier Drogba (c)
Substitutions:
MF 15 Max Gradel Substituted in 63'
MF 13 Didier Ya Konan Substituted in 75'
FW 12 Wilfried Bony Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Ivory Coast François Zahoui

Assistant referees:
Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Fourth official:
Eddy Maillet(Seychelles)

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