Zambia 'stays awake' against Sudan to reach semis

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BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) -- Zambia stayed awake in an impressive victory over Sudan to move one win away from an emotional African Cup of Nations final.

Zambia's flamboyant French coach Herve Renard said Sudan was capable of putting his team "to sleep" in the quarterfinals, but his players were alert throughout a convincing 3-0 win in Bata to move to the brink of the country's third final -- and maybe a first title.

Zambia last played in the deciding match at the African Cup in 1994, yet 1993 has provided a more poignant motivation at this tournament as the year the nation lost one of its best-ever teams in a plane crash near the Gabonese capital Libreville.

Zambia must now beat four-time champion Ghana or Tunisia in the semis to return to Gabon for the Feb. 12 final.