AFRICAN champions Zambia's national flag has been highly perched, standing together with South Africa's main flags while flags for 15 AfCON challengers have together been lined separately in Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality has placed the Zambian flag separately from the other 15 countries as they were defending champions.
The Zambian flag is flying from the same square as permanent-placed South Africa and Johannesburg Metropolitan flag in front of the council building.

City of Johannesburg project coordinator Bongi Mukaba, who was also the master of ceremonies during the flag raising ceremony event ahead of next year's Africa Cup of Nations tournament, said the Zambian flag had been placed separately to inspire other nations to reach Chipolopolo's feat.

And executive mayor for the city of Johannesburg, Mpho Parks Tau, said the Zambian flag was representation of African champion.

"It's (Zambian flag) position is placed in a position of prominence," Tau was quoted by first secretary for press at the Zambian high commission in South Africa, Patson Chilemba. "That's the very essence why the flag was placed in a prominent position alongside the main road (Loveday Street)."

Deputy high commissioner to South Africa, Joe Kaunda, who represented Zambia at the ceremony, described as "rare privilege that Zambia's achievement in Gabon last February had been acknowledged.

Kaunda said the recognition would inspire Zambia to to defend the cup at the tournament that start next January.

The 15 national flags including that of South African were hoisted on the 15 poles situated in the same line behind the poles anchoring the Zambian flag and the already stationed South African National flag and that of the Municipality in front of the council buildings.

The ceremony was organised by the Municipality in collaboration with the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Johannesburg as the host city for the opening and closing ceremonies of the tournament.