Hell hath no fury than a Zimbo scorned!

HARARE - How things can change in a year!

Zambia’s African Nations Cup victory last year sparked scenes of merriment and joy in Zimbabwe as local football fans basked in the deflected glory of another country in the name of regional solidarity.

A year later, Chipolopolo, a pale shadow of that team which conjured up a shock when they toppled star-studded Ivory Coast 8-7 in a penalty shootout in Gabon to claim their first ever Afcon title,  found the going tough in South Africa and dismally failed to negotiate past the group stage after only managing three dull draws.

One would think that the same Zimbabwean fans, who joined Zambians in celebration last year, will do likewise and mourn with their neighbours.

The reaction from the other side of the Zambezi was, however, a much different story this time around, and after being subjected to ridicule and denigration by some less-pleasant Zambians for “unashamedly stealing their glory” in 2012, you could hardly blame local fans for revelling in Chipolopolo’s failure this time around.

Many Zimbabwean took to the social networks to express their “delight” at Zambia’s exit, with some comments containing insinuations that Zambia had been lucky in the first place to win the title in 2012.

One local suggested the spirit of the Zambian national team which perished in an air crash off the coast of Gabon had carried the day for the team in the final in Gabon last year, but in South Africa, the team had to do it on its own.   

Which brings out the question, are neighbours rivals of friends when it comes to the sports field? Should you support your neighbour and let them run away with all the bragging rights?

I believe neighbours must have good-natured and healthy rivalry. It breeds a spirit of competitiveness which makes nations hungrier to always get one over their rivals, and I can only regard that as good for national development and pride. - Sports Writer

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