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The Zimbabwe national football team is the national team of Zimbabwe 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, and qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.[3]

Zimbabwe
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Warriors
AssociationZimbabwe Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachSunday Chidzambwa
CaptainKnowledge Musona
Most capsPeter Ndlovu (100)
Top scorerPeter Ndlovu (38)
Home stadiumNational Sports Stadium
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 110 Increase 3 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest40 (April 1995)
Lowest131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 85 Increase 3 (27 March 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
Appearances3 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage, 2004, 2006, and 2017

Contents

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[6]

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.[7][8] 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.[3] 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.[3][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]

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 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970 Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone
  1974 Did not enter Did not enter
  1978
  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

FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Appearances : 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997
  1999
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
2021 To be determined
Total 0/11 0 0 0 0 0 0

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Did not enter
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1976
  1978
  1980
  1982 Did not qualify
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994
  1996
  1998
    2000
  2002
  2004 Group stage 14th 3 1 0 2 6 8
  2006 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 5
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010
    2012
  2013
  2015
  2017 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8
  2019 Qualified
  2021 To be determined
  2023
Total Group stage 4/32 9 2 1 6 12 21

African Nations Championship recordEdit

  • 2009 – Group stage
  • 2011 – Group stage
  • 2014 – Fourth place
  • 2016 – Group stage
  • 2018 – Did not qualify

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

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

2018Edit

2019Edit

Source: Soccerway

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK George Chigova (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 28) 30 0   Polokwane City
1GK Edmore Sibanda (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 33) 12 0   Witbank Spurs
1GK Talbert Shumba (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 29) 0 0   Chapungu United
1GK Elvis Chipezeze (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 29) 0 0   Baroka

2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 23) 18 4   Kaizer Chiefs
2DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 24) 13 2   Bloemfontein Celtic
2DF Lawrence Mhlanga (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 25) 10 2   Platinum
2DF Alec Mudimu (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 24) 9 0   Cefn Druids
2DF Divine Lunga (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 23) 7 0   Lamontville Golden Arrows
2DF Tendayi Darikwa (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 27) 5 0   Nottingham Forest
2DF Dennis Dauda (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 31) 5 0   CAPS United
2DF Jimmy Dzingai (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Power Dynamos
2DF Byron Madzokere (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 28) 0 0   Yadah Stars

3MF Danny Phiri (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 29) 38 2   Lamontville Golden Arrows
3MF Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 28) 34 22   Anderlecht
3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 28) 34 12   Kaizer Chiefs
3MF Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 30) 33 7   Amazulu
3MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 25) 25 3   Orlando Pirates
3MF Talent Chawapiwa (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 26) 24 4   Baroka
3MF Tafadzwa Rusike (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 30) 15 1   Zanaco
3MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25) 15 0   Club Brugge
3MF Tafadzwa Kutinyu (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24) 12 0   Azam
3MF Marshall Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22) 10 0   Orlando Pirates
3MF Rodwell Chinyengetere (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 31) 8 2   Platinum Zvishavane
3MF Thabani Kamusoko (1988-03-02) 2 March 1988 (age 31) 8 0   Young Africans
3MF Leeroy Mavunga (1998-12-06) 6 December 1998 (age 20) 5 0   Yadah Stars
3MF Richard Hachiro (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Herentals
3MF Butholezwe Ncube (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 27) 1 0   Amazulu

4FW Evans Rusike (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 28) 21 3   SuperSport United
4FW Nyasha Mushekwi (1987-08-21) 21 August 1987 (age 31) 18 6   Dalian Yifang
4FW Knox Mutizwa (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 25) 14 5   Lamontville Golden Arrows
4FW Tino Kadewere (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 23) 11 2   Le Havre
4FW Walter Musona (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Polokwane City
4FW Admiral Muskwe (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Leicester City

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 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 23) 0 0   Dynamos v.   Liberia, 18 November 2018
GK Bernard Donovan (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 23) 11 0   Ngezi Platinum v.   DR Congo, 16 October 2018

DF Godknows Murwira (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 25) 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 28) 33 0   Cape Umoya United v.   DR Congo, 16 October 2018
DF Costa Nhamoinesu (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 33) 11 1   Sparta Prague v.   Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
DF Adam Chicksen (1991-09-27) 27 September 1991 (age 27) 1 0   Bradford City v.   Congo, 9 September 2018 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 Brian Amidu (1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 29) 7 1   El-Entag El-Harby v.   Congo, 24 March 2019
FW Terrence Dzvukamanja (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 25) 7 0   Bidvest Wits v.   Liberia, 18 November 2018
FW Lucky Mkosana (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 31) 0 0   Penn v.   Congo, 9 September 2018
FW Tinotenda Chibharo (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Sloboda Užice v.   Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
FW Kelly Lunga (1994-05-11) 11 May 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Bonner v.   Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE

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 31 March 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Zimbabwe.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Hawkey, Ian. "When Peter Ndlovu and Bruce Grobbelaar made Zimbabwe dare to dream". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  4. ^ "England Matches – Unofficial". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ Gilchrist, Paul (2013). The Politics of Sport: Community, Mobility, Identity. Routledge. p. 51. ISBN 1317990994.
  6. ^ a b "When Rhodesia flirted with the World Cup". FIFA.com. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Cameroon national football team: record v Zimbabwe". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises Limited. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ "1982 FIFA World Cup Spain – Matches – Zimbabwe-Cameroon". FIFA.com. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  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. ^ Warriors squad for COSAFA & AFCON tournaments named
  14. ^ Zimbabwe - National Football Teams

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