Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Tuesday joined the world soccer fraternity in congratulating the Zambian national football team, fondly called Chipolopolo Boys or Copper Bullets, on their African Cup of Nations triumph.
Zambia won the 2011/12 Afcon championship on Sunday after beating favourites Cote dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ivoire 8-7, in post-match penalties, in a tense final in GabonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capital Libreville.
In a statement signed by FAM chief executive Officer, Suzgo Nyirenda, the association says Zambia has done southern Africa proud.
“FAM would like to congratulate the Zambian National Team, the FAZ president, executive committee and the secretariat on winning the 27th Africa Cup of Nations.
“This has given the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) hope that in football success can be achieved if you are committed, dedicated, correct tactics, hard-working and working as a team.
“Zambia, who are our brothers, have given us the courage that you do not have to fear names, but have self-belief,” reads the statement.
Nyirenda added that FAM has officially sent a letter of congratulations to their Zambian counterparts.
“We would like to celebrate this victory together with our brothers from Zambia and this has sent a message to the continent that football is now in southern Africa. Once again, congratulations to Chipolopolo boys, we are proud of you,” further reads the statement.