The curtain officially comes down tomorrow at the 2012 edition of the African Cup of Nations with what promises to be an explosive final featuring Zambia and Cote dâ€™Ivoire.It will be an emotional encounter for Zambia who have dedicated Sundayâ€™s final to their famous team that perished in an air disaster in 1993.
Memories of the catastrophic tragedy are sure to be rekindled, given Sundayâ€™s final will be played in Libreville, Gabon, the city where the 1993 plane crash occurred.
Having already paid tribute to the great Zambian team after visiting the site close to where the country lost 18 of its players, Chipolopolo with players such as Christopher Katongo, Rainford Kalaba and Emmanuel Mayuka, will be hoping to emulate a performance which saw them earning a 1-nil victory over Ghana inÂ the semiâ€™s.
Zambia will however be facing their biggest test of the tournament.
Boasting of stars plying their trade in Europeâ€™s toughest league, Cote dâ€™Ivoire go into Sundayâ€™s final as clear favourites.
The Ivorians have not conceded a goal in the entire tournament and have vast arsenal with the Toure brothers, Didier Drogba, Didier Zokora and Solomon Kalou – all ammunition that is capable of destroying any opponent.
With the bulk of Cote dâ€™Ivoireâ€™s players having passed through Asec Mimosas of Abijan, a win would not only mean victory for the team, but rather the triumph of a project that has been termed the â€˜crown jewel of African footballâ€™.
Despite in the past failing to underline themselves as the greatest team in Africa, Sunday will be a great opportunity for Cote dâ€™Ivoire to assert themselves as the greatest team on the continent.