London City got an important hit of confidence last night as it pounded Hamilton Argentina 78 for a 5-0 win at Cove Road Field.
The match was the first of City's three games in the Locust Challenge Cup.
City, winless in its last five games, needed something to get back to scoring goals. The team was shut out in its last two outings.
Newcomer Timothy Khaemba of Ottawa was in London just over an hour when he opened the scoring. Khaemba drove from Ottawa, where he attends Carleton University, and arrived 45 minutes before game time.
Khaemba's goal came in the 19th minute and he followed that up five minutes later by heading a ball to Tunde Temidire, also his teammate at Carleton, who scored with a header of his own.
"The first 19 minutes were my warm-up," Khaemba said. "I missed the team warm-up because I was late."
Khaemba played the whole game, which surprised him, especially as City used a lot of substitutions. He said he found the team communicated well and had a lot of skilful players.
"Now I'll have to learn their names, which will help (with on-field communication)," he said.
Khaemba, a native of Kenya, was the 2004 Ontario University Athletics scoring champion and rookie of the year with Carleton. He scored eight goals in 10 games.
City was up 3-0 at the half and worked in all the players on the bench in the second half. Ibrahim Hadzic got the shutout.
London manager Harry Gauss said even though City lost 2-0 to the Hamilton Thunder Thursday night, the players didn't seem tired.
"The spectators finally got to see us play some (good) ball at home, which is important."
City's next Locust Cup game will be in September.
The Locust Cup involves league and division champions, Canada Cup winners and teams that hope to join the CPSL. Each plays three games in the competition.
Hamilton Argentina wants to enter the league in 2007, possibly playing in Brantford. The CPSL already has the Thunder.
A yellow Locust ball was used in the game for the first time in Canada last night.
"It's great for vision," Gauss said.
London 5, Hamilton Argentina 0
London goals: Timothy Khaemba, Tunde Temidire, Karim Ben Sari, Miguel Knox and Charles Basnett
Next: City plays the Brampton Stallions Monday in the third round of the Canada Cup at the Cove at 7:38 p.m.