Zambia has not qualified

A big hoax gripped the streets of Zambia sending people into celebrations when they heard that Zambia national team has qualified to the second round of the on-going AFCON after Nigeria used a player serving a suspension.

It is not clear where the false rumour emanated from that saw people honking and jubilating in the streets after what was supposed to be another misfortune of one of the teams that played better football and progressed to the next stage with deserved victories.

Zambia yesterday failed to qualify to the next round of Africa’s soccer show-piece after failing to win against Bukina Faso that merely needed a draw.

It is perhaps time soccer fans realised that football is about goals and victories instead of wishing performing teams bad lucky and get points by fluke.

The rumour and subsequent celebrations are against the back drop of Zambia leading the World group after the country was awarded three free points following Sudan’s carelessness by using an ineligible player.

For now the fact remains that your team is headed home after making history of being knocked out in the first round as champions since 1990 and will probably be the only country to keep the trophy for the shortest period.

The Confederation of African Football has denied that defending champions Zambia have been reinstated in the Africa Cup of Nations.

“This is not true,” CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani told BBC Sport.

Zambia exited the finals on Tuesday after drawing 0-0 with the Burkinabe

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