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Somalian players talk about Africa’s biggest upset


Somalia earned its first-ever FIFA World Cup Qualifying win as the team defeated Zimbabwe 1-0, and the players talk about how they feel to be making history.

Anwar Sid Ali scored the only goal in the 1-0 Somalia victory over Zimbabwe, in last week’s FIFA World Cup Qualifying match.

And this meant the Somalians have recorded their first official World Cup qualifying win in history.

“It’s a giant-killing when you think about it,” Somalia center-half Mohamud Ali told FIFA.

“It was very emotional, very emotional, just knowing that millions of people would be watching the game in every single corner of the world.”

“My brother gave the assist [for Anwar Sayid Ali’s 86th-minute winning goal] and we just had a moment hugging on the pitch,” he added.

Ahmed also added: “As soon as the final whistle was blown I knew this was world news. It sunk in straight away.”

“We were joking that if you look at our past results all you see is a red ‘L’ next to all the scores but now we’ve got a green ‘W’. And long may that last.”

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed wrote on Twitter: “Now Zimbabwe know what we’re about they’ll have to prepare differently for this game, but we’re in a strong position.”

“We’ve made history but we’re not done here. We know there’s a lot more to come from us. So we’ll go there and fancy ourselves.”