Zimbabwe national football team

The Zimbabwe national football team (Nicknamed The Warriors), represents Zimbabwe in men's international football and it is controlled by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), formerly known as the Football Association of Rhodesia. The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, but has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations four times. Zimbabwe has won the COSAFA Cup a record six times, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Zimbabwe
Nickname(s)The Warriors
AssociationZimbabwe Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachZdravko Logarušić
CaptainKnowledge Musona
Most capsNorman Mapeza (92)
Top scorerPeter Ndlovu (37)
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Steady (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest40 (April 1995)
Lowest131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 102 Increase 7 (26 October 2020)[2]
Highest56 (April 1995)
Lowest128 (March 2011)
First international
Southern Rhodesia Southern Rhodesia 0–4 England England
(Salisbury, Rhodesia; 26 June 1929)
Biggest win
 Botswana 0–7 Zimbabwe
(Gaborone, Botswana; 26 August 1990)
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 7–0 Rhodesia Rhodesia
(South Africa; 9 April 1977)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances4 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage (2004, 2006, 2017, and 2019)

HistoryEdit

Southern Rhodesia played their first official match against the England Amateur national football team as part of their tour of South Africa and Rhodesia in June 1929. Southern Rhodesia lost their first two matches against England 4–0 and 6–1 respectively.[3] In 1965, following Southern Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence as Rhodesia, FIFA requested that the Football Association of Rhodesia reform to be a multi-racial organisation. Prior to this only white Rhodesians were selected for the national football team but after 1965 the team became multi-racial.[4] In 1969, Rhodesia took part in the Confederation of African Football 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament. This was their first attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Contrary to the team being viewed as the representative team of white Rhodesians, the team was multi-racial including black players.[5] They were drawn against the Australia national football team. Both legs were held in Lourenco Marques, Portuguese Mozambique as the Rhodesian team were unable to get Australian visas. Rhodesia drew the first leg 1–1 but lost the second leg 3–1 thus eliminating Rhodesia from qualification.[5]

In 1980, following the country's reconstitution as Zimbabwe, they played their first FIFA World Cup qualifying match for 11 years against the Cameroon national football team. However they lost 2–1 on aggregate after a 1–0 win in the first leg in Salisbury and a 2–0 loss in the second leg.[6][7] Following this, the country passed a law that people who held British passports would not be permitted to hold a Zimbabwean passport, which mean that players such as goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar were not selected for the national team for 10 years.[8] Following a change in policy that allowed Grobbelaar to play for Zimbabwe, who entered the country on his British passport, Zimbabwe under manager Reinhard Fabisch were one match away from qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. However, they lost their final qualifying match to Cameroon.[8][9]

In 2004, Zimbabwe qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations. During their first match against Egypt, their former anthem "Ishe Komborera Africa" was accidentally played instead of "Simudzai Mureza wedu weZimbabwe", an act which Information Minister Jonathan Moyo called "a cheap attempt by the organisers to demoralise our boys".[10]

In 2015, the Zimbabwe national football team were banned from participating in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying due to an unpaid debt to former coach, José Claudinei.[11] At the time, the team was experiencing its strongest period for many years, qualifying for both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kit ProviderEdit

Kit provider Period
  L-Sporto 2004-2005
  Legea 2006-2009
  Umbro 2013-2014
  Joma 2015-2016
  Mafro 2017–2018
  Umbro 2019–present

AchievementsEdit

COSAFA Cup :
CECAFA Cup :

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1966 Did not enter Did not enter
  1970 Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone
  1974 to   1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1982 Did not qualify from African zone 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1986 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1990 4 0 1 3 1 10
  1994 10 6 2 2 11 10
  1998 8 2 2 4 10 10
   2002 8 6 0 2 11 6
  2006 12 5 3 4 17 16
  2010 6 1 3 2 4 6
  2014 6 0 2 4 4 9
  2018 Expelled from qualifying competition[12] Expelled from qualifying competition
  2022 To be determined To be determined
    2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 58 21 16 23 60 71

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 to   1980 Not affiliated to CAF
  1982 to   2002 Did not qualify
  2004 Group stage 14th 3 1 0 2 6 8
  2006 13th 3 1 0 2 2 5
  2008 to   2015 Did not qualify
  2017 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8
  2019 21st 3 0 1 2 1 6
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Group stage 4/32 12 2 2 8 13 27

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Group stage 6th 3 0 3 0 3 3
  2011 11th 3 1 0 2 2 3
  2014 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 3 2
  2016 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2018 Did not qualify
  2020 To be determined
  2022
Total Fourth place 5/6 15 3 7 5 9 11

African Games recordEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Zimbabwe national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

COSAFA Cup recordEdit

  • 1997 – Qualifying round
  • 1998 – Second place
  • 1999 – Quarter-finals
  • 2000 – Winners
  • 2001 – Second place
  • 2002 – Quarter-finals
  • 2003 – Winners
  • 2004 – Semi-finals
  • 2005 – Winners
  • 2006 – Semi-finals
  • 2007 – First round
  • 2008 – Quarter-finals
  • 2009 – Winners
  • 2010 – Cancelled
  • 2013 – Second place
  • 2015 – Group stage
  • 2016 – Group stage
  • 2017 – Winners
  • 2018 – Winners
  • 2019 – Third place

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

CECAFA Cup recordEdit

  • 1981 – Group stage
  • 1982 – Third place
  • 1983 – Second place
  • 1984 – Group stage
  • 1985 – Winners
  • 1987 – Second place
  • 1988 – Fourth place
  • 1989 – Group stage
  • 1990 – Group stage
  • 2009 – Quarter-finals
  • 2011 – Quarter-finals

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019Edit

19 November 2021 AFCONQZambia  1–2  ZimbabweLusaka, Zambia
18:00 UTC+2
Stadium: National Heroes Stadium

Source: Soccerway

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The following players were selected for a friendly match against Malawi.
  • Match date(s): 11 October
  • Opposition:   Malawi
  • Caps and goals are correct as of 11 October 2020, after the match against Malawi.[13]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Talbert Shumba (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 30) 3 0   Chapungu United
1GK Nelson Chadya (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Ngezi Platinum

2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 25) 27 4   Yeni Malatyaspor
2DF Alec Mudimu (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 25) 19 0   Sheriff Tiraspol
2DF Qadr Amini (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 30) 9 1   Ngezi Platinum
2DF Ian Nekati (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 31) 8 0   ZPC Kariba
2DF Jimmy Dzingai (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 29) 6 0   Nkana
2DF MacClive Phiri (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 27) 4 0   Bidvest Wits
2DF Takudzwa Chimwemwe (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 28) 2 0   Buildcon
2DF Divine Lunga (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 25) 14 0   Lamontville Golden Arrows

3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 30) 44 17   Kaizer Chiefs
3MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 26) 21 0   Aston Villa
3MF Wellington Taderera (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 25) 3 1   Ngezi Platinum
3MF King Nadolo (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 24) 2 0   Dynamos
3MF Tanaka Chinyahara (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 25) 1 0   Witbank Spurs
3MF Ishmael Wadi (1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 27) 0 0   CAPS United
3MF Phineas Bamusi (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 (age 29) 0 0   CAPS United

4FW Charlton Mashumba (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 27) 5 0   Polokwane City
4FW Tafadzwa Rusike (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 31) 17 2   ZESCO United
4FW Evans Katema (1988-05-14) 14 May 1988 (age 32) 3 0   Zanaco
4FW Stanley Ngala (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Platinum

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Zimbabwe in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Elvis Chipezeze (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 30) 8 0   Baroka v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
GK Simbarashe Chinani (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Dynamos v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019

DF Partson Jaure (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 30) 31 1   Manica Diamonds v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25) 18 2   Bloemfontein Celtic v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
DF Kelvin Moyo (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 27) 6 0   Chippa United F.C. v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
DF Cliff Moyo (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 27) 1 0   Kidderminster Harriers F.C. v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019

MF Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 31) 42 7   Stellenbosch FC v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 27) 31 3   SuperSport United v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
MF Nyasha Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 24) 20 1   Stade de Reims v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
MF Thabani Kamusoko (1988-03-02) 2 March 1988 (age 32) 13 0   Zesco United v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
MF Butholezwe Ncube (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 28) 4 0   AmaZulu v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019

FW Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 30) 42 21   K.A.S. Eupen v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
FW Knox Mutizwa (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 27) 18 6   Lamontville Golden Arrows v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
FW Prince Dube (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 23) 10 6   Highlanders F.C. v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019
FW Terrence Dzvukamanja (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 26) 9 0   Bidvest Wits v.   Zambia, 19 November 2019

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team, red or yellow cards.

RecordsEdit

As of 10 September 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Zimbabwe.

ReferencesEdit

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