After winning the 2012 CAF Cup of Nations in Gabon, the scene of Zambia's nadir 20 years ago, their forward James Chamanga tells FIFA.com that their next target is to reach their maiden FIFA World Cup finals.
Changchun Yatai wasted an opportunity to close the gap on the Chinese Super League leaders as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Dalian Shide.
After a resounding 3-0 quarter-final victory over Sudan, Zambia coach Herve Renard says the overlooked Copper Bullets are ready and primed for their last-four showdown against Ghana.
Zambia are through to their first CAF Africa Cup of Nations semi-final for 16 years after they beat ten-man Sudan 3-0, Stoppila Sunzu, Christopher Katongo and James Chamanga scoring the goals.
Ghana spirits were boosted with a 3-0 win over Congo, while Côte D'Ivoire, Zambia, Congo DR and Nigeria all came out on top in their respective 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches.
Strikes by Jean Michel Nlend and Duvier Riascos handed Shanghai Shenhua all three points against archrivals Dalian Shide.