But for many observers and fans of football, it will be difficult for the Chipolopolo to retain their title. They have beaten on penalties, to the general astonishment, Côte d'Ivoire last year. "
Their coach, Herve Renard has conscience: "Can we rank among the favorites? Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and even South Africa that will play at home. Zambia, in my opinion, belongs to the category of outsiders, with Nigeria, Algeria, Tunisia and Mali ... We'll take our status and try to do something. "
Hervé Renard is regarded as the best coach of 2012 in Africa.
Zambia has missed its preparation matches.
Zambia begins the competition on January 21, 2013 playing against Ethiopia.