Zambia into emotional African Cup final in Gabon

MARK WALSH Associated Press Published:

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) -- Zambia coach Herve Renard says it was "written" that his team would reach the final of the African Cup of Nations in Libreville.

The Gabonese capital was the site of the country's worst sporting disaster in 1993, when the plane carrying Zambia's national team crashed just minutes after taking off, killing 25 players and officials.

After beating Ghana 1-0 in the semifinal in Bata on Wednesday, Zambia's players will now make an emotional appearance in Libreville in an attempt to win the cup for the first time.

Renard says the team will visit the scene of the crash upon arrival in Gabon and will play the final to "honor the memories" of those who died.

Captain Christopher Katongo says "tears will be dropping" in Zambia when the team takes to the field.