Zambia’s Emmanuel Mayuka (l), Christopher Katongo (c) and Francis Kasonde (r) celebrating. PHOTO:

Hong Kong, Feb. 09 – Over 40 casualty cases were recorded Wednesday night at Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) after post-match celebrations turned violent and unruly, hospital authorities said.

UTH said it had treated 46 casualties who were injured after Zambia national soccer team  – “Chipolopolo” – beat Ghana’s “Black Stars” to advance to the finals of the on-going African Nations Cup tournament co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

“Out of these 13 are assault cases while 33 are Road Traffic Accidents,” hospital officials said.

Emmanuel Mayuka's lone goal inspired and ignited the victory celebrations across Zambia. PHOTO:

And residents of a high density suburb south west of the capital Lusaka torched a motor vehicle after it ran over a person celebrating Zambia’s 1:0 win over Ghana.

Three people have so far been killed in post-match celebrations that are mostly characterized by heavy alcohol intake, careless driving and loud blowing of South African popularized local trumpets – “Vuvuzelas”

Zambia will face Ivory Coast over the weekend for the top prize while Ghana and Mali will battle it out for third and fourth positions.


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