Coach Herve Renard admitted on Sunday that hosts Zambia were lucky to defeat Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup final.
Early and late goals from Alex N'gonga and Kabiso Chongo off free-kicks earned the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) a 2-0 victory in mining city Ndola.
But had Zimbabwe matched superb build-up play with more clinical finishing, the Warriors could have claimed a record-extending fifth title.
Instead, Zambia achieved a record-equalling fourth title in the southern Africa national team championship, and a first in seven years.
"We did not play well, but the most important thing in a final is to win and that is what we did," France-born Renard told reporters.
The South African squad competing in the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013 will honour the legacy left by former state president Nelson Mandela on the 95th birthday of the global icon on Thursday … and they have roped in some football friends to help them.
The Bafana Bafana players have requested the opportunity to do their bit for the ’67 minutes for Madibas’ campaign that sees ordinary citizens step forward to lend a helping hand to others for 67 minutes every July 18, acknowledging the 67 years which Madiba dedicated to politics.
And they will be joined by players from COSAFA Cup hosts Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Angola, who have all pledged to do their part to honour the role Nelson Mandela has played in creating not just freedom for the oppressed, but kindness to all humanity.