Zambia are out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea after failing to win a single game.
The 2012 champions drew 0-0 with Cape Verde to finished bottom of Group B with two points, five behind group winners Tunisia.
Zambia also finished one point behind second placed DR Congo who pipped Cape Verde to second place on goal difference.
Monday’s draw was also the two sides first stalemate from three meetings played over the last five months after a win each in their previous two encounters in the 2015 AFCON Group F qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Zambia had two good chances in the first half to wrap-up the match wasted.
Evans Kangwa sent his 15th minute shot inches wide while Rainford Kalaba’s 23rd minute long range effort was parried by Josimar Dias.
However, a second half tropical storm washed away any chances of some real football when the pounding rain turned the surface into a bog.
Zambia could have sealed the match in dramatic fashion in stoppage time when Mukuka Mulenga fired his shot across the face of Cape Verdes goal when the ball raced inches wide of the far post.
This is Zambia’s second successive first round exit after failing to defend their crown in South Africa in 2013.