Zambia out of AFCON after drawing with Burkina Faso

Zambia, the 2012 AFCON champions, have just been kicked out of the tournament after failing to beat Burkina Faso. The game ended 0-0.

Burkina Faso advance to the last eight as group winners and will find out their opponents – Togo or Tunisia – in the next round tomorrow.

In Group C’s other match this evening, Nigeria have beaten Ethiopia 2-0 and earned themselves a quarter-final against Ivory Coast.

Zambia become the first defending champions to fail to qualify to the second round of their tittle of the African Cup of Nations since 1990 when Algeria failed to defend the cup in Senegal.

The defending champions failed to score a goal against a determined Bukina Faso team that wanted nothing but a draw.

So far Zambia have not won a single game in South Africa and have struggled to find form since winning the cup.

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233 Responses to "Zambia out of AFCON after drawing with Burkina Faso"

  1. david kumbana  January 31, 2013 at 16:40

    football is a game when playing it you should expect two things lose draw or lose,zambia lost the game when they played ethiopia,also officials didnt like zambia mayuka was droped in the 18 area but was shown yellow card to please nigeria.they played verywell against bukina faso but mbesuma didnot use his brain.let us give them another
    chance.

  2. Kkaka  January 31, 2013 at 13:50

    Zambia is a useless f***ed up team that won by luck in 2012….n u call urselves champs.load of garbage

  3. Tania makofi  January 30, 2013 at 18:50

    Was watching the match ,that was great guys, but one should understand that , we didn’t win because it was not our chance . If it was we could have won . Chipolopolo for life .

  4. Amos Lwando  January 30, 2013 at 16:27

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THIS RUMOUR WE ARE NOW HEARING ABOUT BURKINA FASO BEING DISPLINED AND THAT ZAMBIA IS AWARDED THE POINTS.
    NOW NOW NOW AS IT IS NOW DISTURBING US MORE NINSHI TWACHILAPOLA.

    • kass  January 30, 2013 at 16:50

      Me I was thinking about 1 thing…all the Burkinabes were wearing black clothes on their left hands. I felt that was pure juju. others hid them under the jerseys while others were visible. NO SINCE TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT RECOGNISE JUJU WHAT HAPPENS???I strongly something was happening. zambians were failing to shoot..did anyone observe that PEOOPLEEE!!!!

  5. krishlove  January 30, 2013 at 15:51

    is it true zambia made it 2 the next round aftar our oponet used the player with a red card?

  6. Chilufya  January 30, 2013 at 15:44

    Fire the coach coz the team had no SPARK. Its evident from the friendlies. Time for change the coach had no plan B. mayuka was dead why keep him on the field? Chansa died in the first game why contnue to play him? Why walk in all three games as if you are not champions? Soccer is abt running not walking. Rainford kalaba was seen even pushing the likes of drogba in 2012 , where did that spirit go to this time. Ba coach, kabiyeni tata dont blame CAF

  7. Chilufya  January 30, 2013 at 15:38

    The team cant run period. Done deal gire coach and start again coz he could not see that the team had no SPARK

  8. Robby mwalyego  January 30, 2013 at 15:36

    Those chap shudn’t be given anything coz of their poor show,then imprision them for 1month with hard labour.

  9. Steve  January 30, 2013 at 13:12

    Herve is a good no matter the result. Today’s game you don’t expect just run over everyone, Algeria ranked 22 in the world were still knocked out in the first round. Football is so competitive you expect your opponent justo seat and watch you score them.

  10. Kay Hummer  January 30, 2013 at 10:53

    i have finally been vindicated.This is what some of us have been talking about.We was ridiculed for calling a spade a spade. There was no way we were going to defend this trophy without properly doing our home work.First we have a very arrogant coach in Herve Renard who insulted the Zambians with his DISGRACEFUL joke the day before the game.He is stubborn and rigid.He is hateful towards the likes of Clifford Mulenga and Fwayo Tembo and decided not to strengthen a team that was so predictable in all it’s plays. Kalusha Bwalya has to make a decision about this guy soon.They will have to ask him to resign gracefully or face the embarrassing fate of getting FIRED!!!

    • Fitiball  January 30, 2013 at 11:58

      You must be out of your mind. If God was to strike us dead every time we sin I wonder how many people would be alive on this earth. Don’t be like some of the EPL teams that have changed managers 20 times in 26 years without any success to write home about compared with Man U that has had one manager in the same period with about 12 trophies in their cabinet. Remember Alex Ferguson went 3 years without a trophy but because of the patience and belief that things can turn around for the better Man U stuck with him and he has paid back.

      The BIGGEST PROBLEM with most of you Zambians is you involve too much motions in your proposals and decisions. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE BEEN TO THE AFCON AND FAILED TO WIN THE TROPHY? Or HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE CHANGED COACHES AND WON THE TROPHY? You have no shame to call for the blood of the only FAZ executive and Coach that has made you taste the ecstasy of winning the AFCON trophy in donkey years; since the founding of Zambian republic. Sober up and see things beyond your misplaced emotions and warped opinions and lame analyses. Try recruiting your clan to play for Zambia at the AFCON and see if they will even get through the preliminary qualifying stage with teams like South Sudan, Mauritania, Somalia etc.

    • Vizungu  January 30, 2013 at 12:51

      You genius you,…and a hundred or so others!

  11. Mzozodo  January 30, 2013 at 10:46

    I am a Malawian writing from Lilongwe, I have been surprised with the lack of spark that characterised the team this time around. While all of us looked up to Mayuka, I think playing in England gave him alot of pressure as expectations were high. The experienced guys like Chansa, Katongo etc never offered the inspiration as the younger guys looked upon them. It was clear the burkinabes game plan was to frustrate Zambia as much as they could and Zambia succumbed, the facial experession could tell it all. It was a sad scenario in all public places as we failed to fathom your exit.

    • Bola yapa zed  January 30, 2013 at 16:34

      Achimwene, thank you for those words and your support. We are one, just separated by a political colonial border. Thanks

  12. mulemena mwanda  January 30, 2013 at 10:08

    its so dispointing! wat hates more is thy ar using tax payers money…

    • Vizungu  January 30, 2013 at 12:43

      …’hurts’…

      Which money do you want them to use?!!!

  13. LIO  January 30, 2013 at 09:59

    NKONDE KATAPA,YOU MUST RENARD’S CONCUBINE OR GAY FRIEND.YOU DON’T WANT TO FACE THE FACTS HERE THAT THE SQUAD FUCKED UP.SHAME ON YOU,YOU MUST BE SOME UNDER ACHIEVER IN LIFE.

  14. nkonde katapa  January 30, 2013 at 09:24

    IT IS WELL, WETHER THEY EXIT OR NOT, THEY ARE STILL OUR HEROES, SINCE INDEPENDENCE, THE CUP WAS NEVER WON BY ZAMBIAN UNTIL THESE GUYS WON IT LAST YEAR. DONT BE DISCOURAGED GUYS, HISTORY IS WRITTEN THAT IN 2012 YOU WON THE CUP, AND NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU. YOU ARE MY HEROES AND NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE THAT. RENARD, YOU ARE A STAR, IT ALSO WRITTEN ON YOUR CV THAT YOU ONCE LED A TEAM THAT WAS REFERRED TO AS UNDERDOGS TO CHAMPIONSHIP, WE LOVE YOU KEEP UP THE SPIRIT, GO ZAMBIA GO! BRAZIL, HERE WE COME! CONGRATULATIONS BA CHIPOLOPOLO, CHIPOLOPOLO FOR LIFE!!!!!

  15. Infamy'99  January 30, 2013 at 09:21

    Your “god” let you walk alone this time around? We are just an average side not worthy of defending the title with such mediocre kind of play.Mwayi uli na ma-limits bane…

  16. S.M.M  January 30, 2013 at 09:19

    Zambia deserved to go out,they just won the last edition by luck.when was the last time that they played a good game since 1996.shame on those idiots.if this was the old Africa of the 60s and 70s,i would recommend in position as ad-visor to Ida amin that they all die by firing squad

  17. luwingu  January 30, 2013 at 09:14

    ifyabupuba kuti mwalusashani ala

  18. Slu  January 30, 2013 at 09:03

    NO TIME FOR BLAME GAME! Last year we won the cup in Libreville, Gabon where our heroes perished in a plane crush in 1993. Destiny was not with us this time. We need to freshen the team and lay out our plan for the future. Chipolopolo all the way, but for some its hard to swallow. Those are the best players we have at the moment, but there might only be one or two good players that were left out. Some players are only good for club football not national team. An example is Jack Chileshe, he failed to impress in the national jersey. Fwayo Tembo and Clifford Mulenga must be brought back to the national team.

  19. gkc  January 30, 2013 at 08:57

    The game was good not bad for us. we shall do better next time keep it up boys u were so good even though u dd not score. coach good work

  20. eagle's eye  January 30, 2013 at 08:54

    Zambia is now the shortest reigning champions of the AFCON, the first defending champion to bow out in the group stage & the only team in the group not to win a match. it says something, doesn’t it?

    • ignoramus  January 30, 2013 at 09:32

      I guess Ethiopia were playing on pluto.

  21. Kwacha-rebased Lungu  January 30, 2013 at 08:49

    Its the hand of God at work. We could have lost a lot of money in paying them e.g. $11,000 each player just for qualification to 1/4 finals. We need that money for other developments. THANKS BE TO GOD, CHUITA NGWA NKONGONO ZOSE!!!

  22. diaspora  January 30, 2013 at 08:31

    Like the saying goes… ” Its easy become a number one than to remain a number one”.

    Tough luck for the lads. I could tell from the solemn expression on their faces as they boarded the bus back to the hotel that the outcome has affected them too. tough luck.

    CHIPOLOPOLO FOR LIFE!

  23. Headman Kagoli - Monze District  January 30, 2013 at 08:25

    Don’t live on Mars when you know you can’t sustain your stay there and you belong to Earth!

    1. The lads ahd no appetite/motivation to defend the cup, they were contented with the 2012 win.
    2. We have no aggressive strikers, our strikers are too heavy, can’t even run!
    3. You don’t leave out your commander no matter what, Katongo should have been put in there in the second half to command the troops, despite his selfishness (he thinks he should be the only one to score!). He must learn to play for others and as a teammate.
    4. I hope they will have the confidence and zeal to fight for world cup qualification!

    Good luck though the political environment is not favorable!

  24. Allen Chirwa  January 30, 2013 at 08:18

    Hard luck Zambia. You did what you could do under a very bad pitch.Please
    do keep your heads up.We will be back in 2 years time.We still have a chance to go to Brazil next year. Go Zambia Go! Am sure CAF is happy we are out.

  25. Slu  January 30, 2013 at 08:13

    We are Zambia and its Chipolopolo are the way. Tough luck guys!

  26. C-H-U-N-G-U C-O-O-L  January 30, 2013 at 08:12

    A terrible swap happened at the assembly line of copper bullets. The shells were stuffed with boom powder instead of gun powder. All that is part of the fun.

  27. Oliver Pembele  January 30, 2013 at 08:12

    We will never lose hope. we are zambians & chipolopolo is our national football team.we’re proud of it!

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