A poor show of gamesmanship when he taunted Didier Drogba after his penalty miss in regular time slightly tarnishes a great performance. Controlled his area with authority, and although was eccentric when rushing out from his goal, saved Kolo Toure's penalty in the shoot-out.
Communicated well with his defensive teammate to deal with Drogba effectively. Put his body on the line and made a few excellent interceptions.
Had a relatively comfortable match at right back. Tiene did not offer much on the overlap up the left wing so he had one role which was to mark Kalou, which he did well. Looked more shaky after Gradel came on but for the most part, remained solid.
Unfortunately the 34-year-old had to be withdrawn through injury in the 10th minute after twisting his knee awkwardly on the edge of the Cote d'Ivoire box.
Man of the match performance. Did not allow himself to be bullied by the physical presence of Drogba and dominated him aerially. Continually cleared the ball from danger and blocked shots on the edge of the box. To top it all off, he scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out to seal the cup for his nation.
Should have gave Zambia the lead in the first minute when he latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and attempted to blast a shot at goal but scuffed his effort. Made up for it with a few excellent crosses into the box that arguably should have been dispatched by his teammates.
Battled heroically in midfield and chased down Tiote and Zokora intensely. Attempted to create play whenever he could but was more employed in a defensive role as Cote d'Ivoire probed for a goal in the second half.
Set-piece deliveries were hot and cold, and on more than one occasion his free kicks were either over-hit or far too shallow. Did go on a couple of dangerous dribbles at the Cote d'Ivoire defense but his final ball could have been better.
Was a pest to the Cote d'Ivoire defenders and was dangerous when he came deeper to get the ball and turned to run at goal. Thought he had a golden chance to give Zambia the lead in the last minute of normal time only for a terrific challenge from Kolo Toure to take the ball off his foot.
Attempted to create play from midfield whenever he could but could not get the ball down on the floor enough to spread play across the park. Still put in a workmanlike performance and summed up the determination of the Zambians.
The Zambia captain encapsulated the 'never say die' attitude of his team. Was always in about the opposition defenders and putting them under pressure. Was very unlucky not to score when he neatly hit a shot on goal from close range that was touched on to the post by Barry.
Made a great save with his feet in the second half to deny Christoper Katongo at the near post to keep his side in the match. Was not an extremely busy night for him and was unlucky when he opted to come off his line when making a save in the penalty shout out, and the referee ordered a retake.
Barely got down the left wing and when he did his delivery into the box was not good enough as he continually hit the first defender. Did not fair much better when coming inside, and more than one Côte d'Ivoire attack was ruined by his poor passing.
Attempted to make a few runs into midfield from the center of defense but lacked the quality to pick out passes when venturing forward. Defending was relatively solid throughout the match but he could have benefited from getting tighter to Christopher Katongo inside the box.
Was arguably Côte d'Ivoire's best player in the final. Was completely dominant in the air and continually cleared balls out of the box. Highlight of his match was a brilliant last ditch challenge to take the ball off the foot of Mayuka when the Zambia man was through on goal near the end of the 90 minutes. Missed a penalty in the shoot-out, however.
Done his job relatively well in the center of midfield. Was neat in possession and put in a couple of well-timed tackles but did not offer anything whatsoever going forward, which was what Cote d'Ivoire needed.
Was his usual combative self in the center of the park. Broke up a number of attacks with well-timed tackles and regularly won the ball back. However, much like his center midfield partner, could have offered more in the final third.
Was very unlucky not to score when his controlled shot from 12 yards out went a whisker by the left-hand post. However, was a largely disappointing performance. Attempted marauding runs forward that were easily stifled by Zambia. Passing was also poor and failed to effectively link up with Drogba.
Could have got forward more down the right to give some support on the wing for Côte d'Ivoire. Defending was decent when dealing with the ball on the floor. However, was regularly out-jumped at the back post by Katongo.
Was very quiet for the majority of his time on the park. Made a few decent darting runs in the penalty area but was not at the heart of any of Cote d'Ivoire's attacking play. Was substituted just after the hour mark for Max Gradel.
Looked dangerous when running with the ball at pace towards the Zambia defense but his final product was not there. Crosses into the box did not hit their mark, his final pass did not create a chance, and his shots on goal were weak and dealt with easily. Missed in the shoot-out, and that proved to be the deciding blow of the final.
Was having a fairly quiet match attempting to feed on scraps in the Zambia box. However, he should have won the final for his nation when he stepped up to take a penalty in the 70th minute only to blast the ball over the bar and let the Chipolopolo off the hook.
- 1 K. Kakonje
- 22 J. Titima
- 2 F. Kasonde
- 15 C. Kampamba
Came on for Musonda in the 10th minute and slotted in well at left back. However his temperament got the better of him and he earned a yellow card. This had his coach worried enough to take him off in the second half.
- 14 N. Chivuta
- 21 J. Sakuwaha
Showed some electric pace down the wings after his introduction and put some excellent crosses into the box.
- 18 E. Kangwa
- 9 C. Mbesuma
- 12 J. Chamanga
- 23 G. Gnanhouan
- 16 D. Yeboah
- 20 I. Lolo
- 3 A. Boka
- 21 E. Eboué
- 14 K. Coulibaly
Chased the play down but could not get on the ball to affect the game.
D. Ya Konan
Did not offer much after coming on. Frustrated his teammates with a couple of very poor corner kicks as Côte d'Ivoire attempted to claim the win at the end of the 90 minutes.
Looked bright after his introduction but passed up a great opportunity when he miskicked a shot inside the box with a whole goal to aim at.
- 7 S. Doumbia