Zambia’s national team arrived home Monday to an ecstatic welcome from thousands of fans who gathered to greet the Copper Bullets after they won the country’s first Africa Cup of Nations title.
Brandishing the gold trophy they claimed in a nail-biting penalty shootout against Ivory Coast on Sunday, the African champions waved to a massive crowd that had been gathering for more than nine hours in sweltering heat at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the capital, Lusaka.
The team then boarded a bus for the Lusaka showgrounds, where another massive crowd dressed in the orange, green and black of the national team had gathered for official celebrations after an unofficial all-night party.
Mdeanwhile, University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has recorded 2 deaths and about 35 casualties resulting from the celebrations of Zambia’s victory over Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
UTH Public Relations Manager Pauline Mbangweta said out of the 35 cases, 18 of them were assault cases while 17 were Road Traffic Accidents (RTA).
Ms. Mbagweta noted that of the same number, 8 people have being admitted to the hospital and that (one) 1 of the victims is in a critical condition due to head injuries.
And Ms. Mbangweta noted that the 2 deaths that were recorded involved minors of 18 and 15 years old.
She said the 18 years old boy is from Marapodi while the 15 years old boy is from Kuku compound.
The Zambia National Soccer Team early this morning beat Ivory Coast on penalties to lift its first AFCON trophy in history.