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Zimbabwe national football team

The Zimbabwe national football team, nicknamed The Warriors, represents Zimbabwe in international football and is controlled by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), formerly known as the Football Association of Rhodesia. The team has never qualified for the World Cup finals, but has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations four times. Zimbabwe has won the COSAFA Cup a record six times.

Zimbabwe
Nickname(s)The Warriors
AssociationZimbabwe Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachJoey Antipas
CaptainKnowledge Musona
Most capsPeter Ndlovu (100)
Top scorerPeter Ndlovu (38)
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Increase 6 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest40 (April 1995)
Lowest131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 103 Decrease 15 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest56 (April 1995)
Lowest128 (March 2011)
First international
Southern Rhodesia Southern Rhodesia 0–4 England XI England
(Salisbury, Rhodesia; 26 June 1929)
Biggest win
 Botswana 0–7 Zimbabwe 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.

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

Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit

CECAFA Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1973 Group Stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
  1974 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
  1975 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 7
  1976 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
  1977 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
  1978 Did not enter
  1979 Fourth Place 4th 4 0 2 2 3 8
  1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
  1981 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 9
  1982 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 3 8
  1983 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 6
  1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 4
  1985 Did not enter
  1987 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 2 3
  1988 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 3
  1989 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 0 1
  1990 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 3 5
  1991 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 7
  1992 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
  1994 Did not enter
  1995 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 5 4
  1996 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
  1999 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 3
  2000 Did not enter
  2001 Group Stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
  2002 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 1 3
  2003 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 6
  2004 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 7 11
  2005 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 7 6
  2006 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 0 4
  2007 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 1 2 0 5 3
  2008 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 5
  2009 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 6 3
  2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 3
  2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 4
  2012 Third Place 3rd 6 1 4 1 5 6
  2013 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2015 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2017 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 6
Total 34/38 1 Title 121 29 31 61 99 181

Results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Source: Soccerway

  1. ^ Played in Djibouti due to security concerns from the ongoing civil war

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Elvis Chipezeze (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 29) 6 0   Baroka
16 1GK Talbert Shumba (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 29) 2 0   Chapungu United

2 2DF Ian Nekati (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 30) 2 0   Platinum
3 2DF Peter Muduhwa (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 26) 6 0   Highlanders
5 2DF Divine Lunga (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 24) 13 0   Lamontville Golden Arrows
6 2DF Alec Mudimu (C) (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 24) 16 0   Cefn Druids
17 2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 24) 24 4   Yeni Malatyaspor
20 2DF MacClive Phiri (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Highlanders

4 3MF Tichaona Chipunza (1994-06-08) 8 June 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Ngezi Platinum
7 3MF Phineas Bamusi (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 (age 28) 0 0   CAPS United
8 3MF Nyasha Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23) 17 1   Stade de Reims
10 3MF Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 30) 39 7   AmaZulu
11 3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 29) 41 15   Kaizer Chiefs
12 3MF Sipho Ndlovu (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Bulawayo City
13 3MF Thabani Kamusoko (1988-03-02) 2 March 1988 (age 31) 13 0   Young Africans
22 3MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 26) 29 3   Orlando Pirates

9 4FW Evans Rusike (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 29) 26 4   SuperSport United
14 4FW Clive Augusto (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 25) 5 0   Ngezi Platinum
15 4FW Terrence Dzvukamanja (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 25) 9 0   Bidvest Wits
18 4FW Knox Mutizwa (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 26) 16 5   Lamontville Golden Arrows
19 4FW Admiral Muskwe (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 21) 4 1   Leicester City
4FW Tino Kadewere (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 23) 15 2   Le Havre

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 George Chigova (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 28) 32 0   Polokwane City 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Edmore Sibanda (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 33) 15 0   Witbank Spurs 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Petros Mhari (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Platinum v.   Congo, 24 March 2019
GK Simbarashe Chinani (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Dynamos v.   Liberia, 18 November 2018
GK Bernard Donovan (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 24) 11 0   Ngezi Platinum v.   DR Congo, 16 October 2018

DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 24) 16 2   Bloemfontein Celtic 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Lawrence Mhlanga (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 25) 12 2   Platinum 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Tendayi Darikwa (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 27) 11 0   Nottingham Forest 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Jimmy Dzingai (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 29) 5 0   Power Dynamos 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Dennis Dauda (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 31) 6 0   CAPS United 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Byron Madzokere (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Yadah Stars 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Godknows Murwira (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Platinum v.   Congo, 24 March 2019
DF Kelvin Moyo (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 26) 6 0   Platinum Zvishavane v.   Liberia, 18 November 2018
DF Erick Chipeta (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 29) 33 0   Cape Umoya United v.   DR Congo, 16 October 2018

MF Danny Phiri (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 30) 41 2   Lamontville Golden Arrows 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Talent Chawapiwa (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 27) 29 4   AmaZulu 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25) 18 0   Aston Villa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Tafadzwa Rusike (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 30) 16 1   Zanaco 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Tafadzwa Kutinyu (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24) 15 0   Azam 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Rodwell Chinyengetere (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 31) 9 2   Platinum Zvishavane 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Leeroy Mavunga (1998-12-06) 6 December 1998 (age 20) 6 1   Yadah Stars 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Richard Hachiro (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Herentals 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Butholezwe Ncube (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 27) 3 0   AmaZulu 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Kelvin Lunga (1994-05-11) 11 May 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Rödinghausen v.   Congo, 24 March 2019
MF Willard Katsande (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 (age 33) 27 3   Kaizer Chiefs v.   Liberia, 18 November 2018

FW Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 29) 40 22   Anderlecht 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Nyasha Mushekwi (1987-08-21) 21 August 1987 (age 32) 21 6   Zhejiang Greentown 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Walter Musona (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Polokwane City 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Brian Amidu (1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 29) 7 1   El-Entag El-Harby v.   Congo, 24 March 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

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ "England Matches – Unofficial". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ Gilchrist, Paul (2013). The Politics of Sport: Community, Mobility, Identity. Routledge. p. 51. ISBN 1317990994.
  5. ^ a b "When Rhodesia flirted with the World Cup". FIFA.com. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Cameroon national football team: record v Zimbabwe". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises Limited. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ "1982 FIFA World Cup Spain – Matches – Zimbabwe-Cameroon". FIFA.com. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ a b Hawkey, Ian. "When Peter Ndlovu and Bruce Grobbelaar made Zimbabwe dare to dream". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  9. ^ "World Cup 1994 Qualifying". Rsssf. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Anger over Zimbabwe anthem gaffe". BBC News. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Zimbabwe expelled from 2018 World Cup". BBC Sport. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Zimbabwe expelled from the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia". FIFA.com. 12 March 2015.
  13. ^ Antipas names new-look Warriors squad
  14. ^ Zimbabwe - National Football Teams

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