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Zambian papers delight in AFCON feat

Date: Feb 12 2012
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Zambia’s maiden Africa Cup of Nations triumph received massive front page coverage on Monday as the nation woke-up with a hangover after partying all night long for the country’s biggest football conquest.

The Times of Zambia led with the headline “Zambians Party All Night”.

"Delirious Zambia fans broke into unprecedented celebrations across the country, partying hard all night to savour the glory as Zambia won the soccer Africa Cup in Gabon last night," The Times reported.

“Finally, Destiny Obeys Zambia” read the headline in The Zambia Daily Mail after the team kept their pledge to honour the 1993 Libreville air crash victims by winning the African crown in the same city that claimed the lives of 18 national team players.

"The ghost has finally been exorcised and destiny has simply obeyed – the Africa Cup of Nations trophy has landed at third attempt. And what a way to do it!," The Daily Mail read.

"Players from both teams shed tears but the difference was some were tears of joy, while others were that of sorrow and ultimate disappointment."

And The Post Newspaper's headline screamed “Zambia Celebrates”.

"We have done it, it would have been unthinkable for Chipolopolo to leave Libreville without the trophy," Zambia coach Herve Renard said in the paper’s intro.