Zambia were buoyed by that penalty miss in their semi-final and the Copper Bullets clinched victory in Bata thanks to a late Emmanuel Mayuka goal which means that Hervé Renard’s team are just one game away from a first ever success in this competition.
What a story it would be if Zambia were able to beat Ivory Coast in the final considering it was less than twenty years ago that an air disaster killed the entire squad and coaching staff, something which remains strong in the minds of the current team.
There has been no fluke about their progress in this tournament and odds of 7/2 (Bet Victor £50 free bets) are now available about the Zambians winning the trophy, having been available at over 50/1 before the tournament started.
All the pressure will be on the Côte d’Ivoire when the final takes place at the Stade d’Angondjé in Libreville on Sunday night, with the Elephants edging Mail in their semi-final by another 1-0 scoreline to stand on the verge of greatness themselves.
While Zambia were big outsiders when the competition began, the Ivory Coast were strong favourites and you can get no bigger than 2/9 (Paddy Power free bets) about the team in orange repeating their triumph of 1992 this weekend.
Alternatively, you can back the favourites at 4/7 (Stan James bookmaker) if you feel they will prove too strong for their opponents in ninety minutes, with the Elephants boasting several household names including Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Gervinho.
It was the Arsenal striker that scored the winner in the semi-final and he is an 11/2 chance to score the first goal of this game, with Drogba on offer at 11/2. We know that Zambia will defend stoutly in the biggest match of the players’ career and a 1-0 success for the Ivory Coast looks the ticket at 5/1.