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When Nike licensed the Zambia shirt for the 2012 African Nations Cup they could not have imagined that the team would go on to win the tournament on penalties against Ivory Coast. Throughout the games the Chipolopolo were considered underdogs, but their passion and skill took Zambia all the way to a tense final. With Didier Drogba missing a penalty in the second half, they went on to hold the relative giants of football to 0-0 at the end of extra time. A high-quality penalty shoot out ended 8-7 with Premier League stars Kolo Touré and Gervinho missing to leave Sunzu as the hero.
The Copper Bullets were hit with disaster in 1993 when flying to a World Cup qualification match against Senegal. The plane crashed offshore and 18 first team players and coaches were killed. Their current coach Hervé Renard and the team dedicated the 2012 victory to the players who died, chillingly only miles away from the stadium in Gabon that was the site of the 2012 Final.
The Nike Zambia kit is a departure from the sublimated Puma kits of their fellow participants in the Cup of Nations. Their home kit comprises a solid orange top with green shorts and orange socks. The Zambia away kit, forever immortalized by the unforgettable CAF Final, includes a solid green top with three verticle stripes of red, black, and orange derived from the Zambia flag, black shorts and green socks.The 1980's Zambia Home Shirt by Copa is made of a heavy weight cotton blend, and like all Copa products is of an uncompromised quality. The 2012 Zambia Champions T-shirt by Re-Take, a Subside Sports exclusive, offers Chipolopolo fans a stylish way to celebrate their nation's first Africa Cup of Nations win.