Yanick Djouzi Manzizila scores 21 goals in Swedish soccer match
Opponents quit league following crushing loss
It's not often we report on games in the Swedish seventh-division soccer league. But when a player scores 21 goals in a 30-0 romp, you have to make an exception.
Yanick Djouzi Manzizila broke a 60-year-old Swedish scoring record with 21 goals in a game between Kongo United and Balrog Botkyrka Sodertaelje.
Balrog was so distraught that they quit the league after the match. It meant that Manzizila's goals won't count towards his season stats.
The 25-year-old forward and his teammates scored at will as Balrog had three players sent off in the 30-0 loss.
"I'd scored 12 goals against them previously so I knew there was a chance to score a lot of goals," Manzizila told the Sportbladet newspaper, revealing his intention of padding his stats.
With twin brother Alex as playmaker, and facing eight players by the end of the match, Manzizila had it all too easy against a team that had failed to earn a point all season.
Manzizila is a bit of a ringer in the Stockholm league. He used to play professionally on a youth team in France, according to Swedish publication Aftonbladet.
Swedish soccer historian and statistician Claes-Goran Bengtsson confirmed that 21 goals in a game was a Swedish record, but the gloss was taken off Manzizila's achievement when Balrog subsequently withdrew from the league.
Their decision means the 21 goals will be erased — as will all the team's results for the season — although Manzizila's individual scoring record will stand.
"There's not much that can be done about it," Manzizila said on receiving the news that his goals wouldn't count towards his season target.
"I'll have to be happy with the fact that I broke [the record] and continue to focus on scoring a hundred goals instead."
With files from Reuters