chipolopolo.jpgZambia’s historic win in the Africa Cup of Nations title after a nail-biting 8-7 penalty victory over African giants, Cote d’lvoire, has been interpreted by football analysts as a case study from which Zimbabwe can pick lessons on how to groom champions.

When Zimbabweans look at the success of their northern neighbours, only one statement will define their true feelings – A Tale of Two Cities.

Separated by the mighty Zambezi River, Zimbabwe and Zambia are currently two contrasts.

Lusaka is basking in glory after winning the AFCON Cup, while Harare is languishing in misery struggling to raise a strong team for a preliminary round match against little Burundi.

But football analysts say Zimbabwe should stop the self pity and learn lessons from the Zambian experience.

Wallace Makamure believes a more organised approach that begins with professional and passionate administrators and involving endurance and continuity would see Zimbabwe coming back from the woods.


Another football analyst, Oliver Vembo is of the sentiment that Zimbabwe’s football misery will end if a serious approach that begins with a selection of national team players based on merit is implored as was the case with Chipolopolo.

He added that there are no short cuts to success and Zambia’s feat is a stakeholder’s driven initiative which in the end led Chipolopolo to the promised land.

With a squad largely made up of players plying their trade in Zambia, South Africa and the DRC, Chipolopolo surprised all and sundry when they swept everything before them to win their first Africa Nations Cup.

The same team which lifted the AFCON Cup had lost to the Warriors 2-nil in an international friendly match played at Rufaro Stadium in November last year.