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Last updated: 6 january, 2010 - 16:02 GMT

Tunisia 1994 - Zambian fairy tale

On 28 April 1993 the cream of the Zambian national team perished in an air crash off the coast of Gabon.

Zambia were favourites to progress from their group to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, but the disaster robbed them of this chance. The team was travelling on a military aeroplane to Senegal for one of the qualifiers.

With a quickly rebuilt squad, formed around the iconic Kalusha Bwalya, Zambia came very close but failed to reach the United States, after losing to Morocco 1-0 in the last game.

Then at the Nations Cup in Tunisia nobody would have given the Chipolopolo a chance to cross the quarter-finals. But after every game, the squad was fired up and advanced to the final to face the much fancied and star-studded Nigeria.

At a sparsely filled El Menzah Stadium in Tunis, Zambia took the lead through defender Elijah Litana who headed from a corner in the 3rd minute. But the fairy tale was not to be as Emmanuel Amuneke equalised two minutes later and scored the winner just after half-time to give the Super Eagles a second Nations Cup trophy.

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