Zambia's Chipolopolo thrashed Somalia 6-0 in a one-sided Group A match of the Cecafa Tusker Cup.
Striker Felix Sunzu, who plies his trade for Konkola Blades in the Zambian
Premier League scored four goals, while Allan Mukuka and Venecious Mapande added one apiece to give Somali one of their heaviest losses in recent years.
"Somalia played well in their first matches in the tournament against Burundi and Tanzania, but I think they were exhausted today. We played very well and I believe we deserve this kind of a win," said Zambia coach Dario Bonetti after the match.
His opposite number Yussuf Adam, who until recently was a player for the Qatar national team, said the result was a disappointment to his side and noted that they would want to forget about it fast and focus on their Under-20 Olympics qualifier against Uganda early next year.
"I believe we played the best team in the tournament and they out-classed us in all the departments. I’m building a team for the future and as you see the average age in the team is 20-years," said Adam.
Sunzu opened the scores in the 25th minute and before the Somali could settle down, he added the second two minutes later and Mukuka scored a third a minute later, stunning Somalia with three quick goals in a span of three minutes.
Sunzu hit his third goal and fourth for Zambia in the 42nd minute as Zambia took a deserved 4-0 lead at half time. On resumption, Sunzu found the back of the net in the 50th minute and Venecious Mapande added the sixth in the 81st minute.
The score line could have resembled a cricket score had Zambia taken all their chances. The biggest loss Somalia has suffered in history is a 14-0 drubbing by South Korea in 1963.