It will be described as so
close but dear neighbors Uganda will once again miss out on the Africa Cup of
Nations after being knocked out by defending Champions Zambia 9-8 in sudden
death penalties on Saturday 13 October 2013.
The Uganda Cranes did well to upstage a 0-1 deficit the team had suffered during the first leg second round tie played on Saturday 8 September in Zambia to tie the aggregate at 1-1 when Geoffrey Massa scored in the reverse tie played at Nambole from 1600hrs local time
With no extra time provided, the game went straight to the dreaded penalties.
It went beyond the regular ten – as the game needed an extra seven to decide the game.
Hit the cross bar
Zambia started off with the kicks but shockingly dependable Christopher Katongo was saved by cranes keeper Dennis Onyango grabs.
Godfrey Walusimbi then scored for Cranes to make it 1-0 but it was to be cancelled out by Emmanuel Mayuka kick.
Zambia got the advantage when Andy Mwesigwa kick hit the cross bar
The scoring never stopped
and the score reached 8-8.
Just as it was during the
2012 Africa Cup of Nation finals played on 13 February 2012 against Ivory
Coast, Stoppila Sunzu stepped up to score the
Only that this time he scored for Zambia, the ninth penalty and had to wait for his keeper Kennedy Mweene to stop Patrick Ochan’s kick to send Zambia to defend their crown at the 2013 edition to be held in South Africa from January 2013.
Sunzu’s winner made Zambia the third 2013 AFCON qualifier after Ghana and Mali.
To have won the 2012 AFCON for the first time ever, Sunzu took his kick after Gervinho had missed for Ivory Coast. then Zambia won 8-7