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2013 Africa Cup of Nations; Zambia Failed To Qualify For The 1/4 Finals!

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicked off on the 19th January 2013 in South Africa. The tournament was initially supposed to be hosted by Libya, but they withdrew their bid because of the civil war in that country. The hosts, South Africa opened the tournament when they took on Cape Verde Islands, who had qualified for the first time.


Zambia, as the defending champions, were at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to prove that their victory against Ivory Coast in the final of the 28th edition of AFCON held in Gabon was not a fluke. Most soccer followers were surprised by Zambia’s impressive performance at the 28th edition of the AFCON competition.

The Chipolopolo
Failed To Repeat The 2012 AFCON Perfomance

Popularly known as the Chipolopolo (copper bullets), Zambia, who had to prove the sceptics wrong by defending the cup this time around, were however knocked out of the tournament in the early rounds.

There were a total of 16 teams at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria, Congo DR, Togo and Algeria were through to 2013 AFCON in South Africa having missed the 2012 finals. Cape Verde made it for the first time at the expense of the indomitable lions, Cameroon, whom they bundled out in the qualifying rounds.

The Zambia national soccer team were in group C with Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso.

The Zambian soccer fans were totally behind their team and they had wanted their national soccer team to bring back the trophy they had won just some 12 months back. The team was generally the same including the coach Herve Rernard. Below are the four groups of four teams each that made it to the finals of AFCON in South Africa and when they played each other up to the final stage;

Group A

Day/Time Match Venue Goals
19.01.13(18:00Hrs) South Africa versus Cape Verde Johannesburg
0-0
19.01.13(21:00hrs) Angola versus Morocco Johannesburg
0-0
23.01.13(17:00hrs) South Africa versus Angola Durban
2-0
23.01.13(20:00hrs) Morocco versus Cape Verde Durban
1-1
27.01.13(19:00hrs) Morocco versus South Africa Durban
2-2
27.01.13(19:00hrs) Cape Verde versus Angola Port Elizaberth
2-1

Group B

Day/Time Match Venue Goals
20.01.13(17:00Hrs) Ghana versus Congo DR Port Elizaberth
2-2
20.01.13(20:00hrs) Mali versus Niger Port Elizaberth
1-0
24.01.13(17:00hrs) Ghana versus Mali Port Elizaberth
1-0
24.01.13(20:00hrs) Niger versus Congo DR Port Elizaberth
0-0
28.01.13(19:00hrs) Niger versus Ghana Port Elizaberth
0-3
28.01.13(19:00hrs) Congo DR versus Mali Durban
1-1

Group C

Day/Time Match Venue Goals
21.01.13(17:00Hrs) Zambia versus Ethiopia Nelspruit
1-1
21.01.13(20:00hrs) Nigeria versus Bukina Faso Nelspruit
1-1
25.01.13(17:00hrs) Zambia versus Nigeria Nelspruit
1-1
25.01.13(20:00hrs) Bukina Faso versus Ethiopia Nelspruit
4-0
29.01.13(19:00hrs) Bukina Faso versus Zambia Nelspruit
0-0
29.01.13(19:00hrs) Ethiopia versus Nigeria Rustenburg
0-2

Group D

Day/Time Match Venue Goals
22.01.13(17:00Hrs) Ivory Coast versus Togo Rustenburg
2-1
22.01.13(20:00hrs) Tunisia versus Algeria Rustenburg
1-0
26.01.13(17:00hrs) Ivory Coast versus Tunisia Rustenburg
3-0
26.01.13(20:00hrs) Algeria versus Togo Rustenburg
0-2
30.01.13(19:00hrs) Algeria versus Ivory Coast Rustenburg
2-2
30.01.13(19:00hrs) Togo versus Tunisia Nelspruit
1-1

Quarter Final

Day Match Venue Goals
02.02.13 Ghana versus Cape Verde Nelson Mandela
2-0
02.02.13 South Africa versus Mali Moses Mabhida
2-4(penalties)
03.02.13 Ivory Coast versus Nigeria Royal Mafokeng
1-2
03.02.13 Burkina Faso versus Togo Mbombela Stadium
1-0

Semi-Final

Match Goals
Ghana versus Burkina Faso
2-4
Nigeria versus Mali
2-0

Final

Match Goals
Nigeria versus Burkina Faso
1-0





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