The southern Africa country qualified for the quarterfinals after a 1-0 win over co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in Bato on Sunday night.
Caring the hopes and admirations of the Zambian nationals, leading by the pack Christopher Katongo, skipper and former Jomo Cosmos lethal striker, unleashed a powerful grass-cutter shot which gave the host’s goal-minder no chance to book his side a berth in the quarter-finals.
The win saw Zambia finish on top of Group A on seven points. Equatorial Guinea are also through to the quarterfinals.
Kalusha “King Kalu” Bwalya is excited that Chipolopolo are well on track to accomplish their goal of winning a medal at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
“We are delighted that we did not only qualify for the knockout stages, we finished the group stages on top of the log,” says Kalusha who is also Zambian Football President.
“When we started with our preparations for this tournament, we made it clear we want to better our 2010 performance,” said Bwalya.
“I’m extremely proud of the team. We made a programme that we believed in from the day we started with the preparations of the tournament. I am happy for the people of Zambia for their belief in Chipolopolo.
It is a fantastic day for our national team.”
Zambia owing to their lackluster performance in previous AFCON editions was regarded as no push-overs.