Let’s face it and be honest; we know little about some of the teams in African Cup of Nations and some of them hope for a fairy-tail ride in the tournament with hard-work and strong minds together with some skill and some luck. Just look at Zambia in the African Cup of 1994. Less than a year earlier, in April 1993, disaster struck Zambia. A small military plane carrying the Zambian team to Senegal for a World Cup qualifier failed to take off properly after a fuel stop in Gabon and crashed into the water outside Libreville airport. All 30 people onboard lost their lives, including the 18 members of the Zambian squad, management team and backroom staff. A year later, Zambia was still in mourning mourned.
They were back in the African Cup of Nations thanks to a heroic qualifying campaign and in the play-offs they reached the final against all odds. The team played for the team and those who lost their lives, Kalusha Bwalya captained the side that lost to Nigeria in the final 1994. They returned home as national heroes. Bwayla was not onboard the plane that crashed in Gabon due to his own travel arrangements coming from the Netherlands where he played for PSV Eindhoven. And yes, if you have a long football memory, it is the same Bwayla who scored a hattrick against Italy in the Olympic football tournament in Soul 1988 when Zambia stunned the world and won 4-0.
Fairy-tales are part of the football world and maybe we will see a new chapter in Angola. African Football Legend and Expekt.com ambassador Roger Milla says Tunisia, but our own Richard Sheridan sees Zambia having a good chance to nick a point against the favorites in the match. Never write Zambia off.