Nineteen years after a plane crash which killed 18 members of their squad in Libreville, Zambia returned to the Gabon capital to record the most famous victory in their country's history.
A dramatic shoot-out at the end of 120 minutes of largely underwhelming football went the way of Zambia when Gervinho shot wide and Stophira Sunzu stepped up to slot home.
During the 90 minutes, Côte d'Ivoire, who were chasing their first continental crown for 20 years, had a biggest chance to crown continental kings after the Arsenal forward, Gervinho was felled by a combination of Isaac Chansa and Mulengawith in the penalty area. However Didier Drogba side-footed his spot-kick horribly over the bar.
Côte d'Ivoire had two chances to wrap things up after the break, but Didier Ya Konan curled an effort just wide while, after 117 minutes, Gradel took an airshot when well placed.
The shoot-out was locked at 7-7 after 14 nerveless penalties before Kolo Toure saw his effort saved by Kennedy Mweene. Rainford Kalaba fluffed his big moment by shooting over the bar, but there was no second reprieve when Gervinho missed and Sunzu slotted in and gave Zambia the first title of Africa Cup of Nation in history.
Info about Africa Cup of Nation 2012::
Champion :: Zambia
2nd place :: Côte d'Ivoire
3rd place :: Mali
4th place :: Ghana
Top scorer ::
Manucho - Angola (3)
Didier Drogba - Côte d'Ivoire (3)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Gabon (3)
Cheick Diabaté - Mali (3)
Houssine Kharja - Morocco (3)
Christopher Katongo - Zambia (3)
Emmanuel Mayuka - Zambia (3)
Most Valuable Player ::
Christopher Katongo - Zambia
badnote :: No need a lot of star player to become a winner. It's about a team not individual