The win was sentimental because it occurred in Gabon, the same country where the tragic crash happened in 1993.
And it was a major triumph because the team was not favored to win against the star-studded Ivory Coast.
In the end, Zambia hoisted the Cup of Nations after beating Ivory Coast 8-7 in a dramatic penalty shootout.
Throngs of supporters danced and wept at the airport when the team arrived home.
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