Zimbabwe national football team
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. They're known as The Warriors. The team has never qualified for the World Cup finals, but has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations four times.
|Association||Zimbabwe Football Association|
|Head coach||Sunday Chidzambwa|
|Most caps||Peter Ndlovu (100)|
|Top scorer||Peter Ndlovu (38)|
|Current||109 1 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||40 (April 1995)|
|Lowest||131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)|
|Current||98 9 (20 July 2019)|
|Highest||56 (April 1995)|
|Lowest||128 (March 2011)|
| Southern Rhodesia 0–4 England XI |
(Salisbury, Rhodesia; 26 June 1929)
| Botswana 0–7 Zimbabwe |
(Gaborone, Botswana; 26 August 1990)
| South Africa 7–0 Rhodesia |
(South Africa; 9 April 1977)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||Group stage (2004, 2006, 2017, and 2019)|
Zimbabwe has won the COSAFA Cup a record six times.
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 won their first two matches against England 4–0 and 6–1 respectively. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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". 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.
Zimbabwe qualified for the 2019 African Cup of Nations after winning Group G. They will play the opening game with the hosts, Egypt. And will then play DR Congo(who Zimbabwe beat 2-1 away in Group G) and Uganda.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|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|
|2018||Expelled from qualifying competition||Expelled from qualifying competition|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|Appearances : 0|
|1992 to 2017||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|1957 to 1980||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1982 to 2002||Did not qualify|
|2008 to 2015||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
African Nations Championship recordEdit
|African Nations Championship|
|2018||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
African Games recordEdit
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Zimbabwe national under-23 football team|
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 Cup Record|
CECAFA Cup recordEdit
Results and fixturesEdit
|9 September 2019 AFCONQ||Congo||1–1||Zimbabwe||Brazzaville, Congo|
|15:30 WAT||Bifouma 50'||Report||Billiat 22'||Stadium: Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat|
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
|13 October 2019 AFCONQ||DR Congo||1–2||Zimbabwe||Kinshasa, DR Congo|
|18:30 WAT||Bolasie 90+3'||Report||Pfumbidzai 21'
|Stadium: Stade des Martyrs|
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
|16 October 2019 AFCONQ||Zimbabwe||1–1||DR Congo||Harare, Zimbabwe|
|15:00 CAT||Billiat 2'||Report||Hadebe 24' (o.g.)||Stadium: National Sports Stadium|
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
|18 November 2019 AFCONQ||Liberia||1–0||Zimbabwe||Monrovia, Liberia|
|16:00 GMT||Jebor 72'||Report||Stadium: Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex|
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)
|24 March 2019 AFCONQ||Zimbabwe||2–0||Congo||Harare, Zimbabwe|
|15:00 CAT||Billiat 20'
|Report||Stadium: National Sports Stadium|
Referee: El Fadil Mohamed (Sudan)
|1 June 2019 COSAFA Cup QF||Zimbabwe||2–0||Comoros||Durban, South Africa|
|17:30 SAST||Rusike 6'
|Report||Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium|
Referee: Eugene Salas Mdluli (South Africa)
|8 June Friendly||Nigeria||0–0||Zimbabwe||Asaba, Nigeria|
|18:00 WAT||Report||Stadium: Stephen Keshi Stadium|
Referee: Adissa Abdul Raphiou Ligali (Benin)
|16 June Friendly||Tanzania||1–1||Zimbabwe||Cairo, Egypt|
|20:00 CAT||Report||Stadium: El Sekka El Hadid Stadium|
|21 June 2019 AFCON||Egypt||1–0||Zimbabwe||Cairo, Egypt|
|22:00 CAT||Trézéguet 41'||Report||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
|26 June 2019 AFCON||Uganda||1–1||Zimbabwe||Cairo, Egypt|
|19:00 CAT||Okwi 12'||Report||Billiat 40'||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
|30 June 2019 AFCON||Zimbabwe||0–4||DR Congo||Cairo, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT||Report||Bolingi 4'
Bakambu 34', 65' (pen.)
|Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
- The following 23 players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
- Tournament date: 21 June - 19 July
- Opposition: Group stage Egypt Uganda & DR Congo
- Caps and goals are correct as of 30 June 2019, after the match against DR Congo.
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||Talbert Shumba||12 May 1990||1||0||Chapungu United||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|GK||Petros Mhari||15 April 1989||0||0||Platinum||v. Congo, 24 March 2019|
|GK||Simbarashe Chinani||16 September 1995||0||0||Dynamos||v. Liberia, 18 November 2018|
|GK||Bernard Donovan||12 July 1995||11||0||Ngezi Platinum||v. DR Congo, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Lawrence Mhlanga||20 December 1993||11||2||Platinum||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|DF||Dennis Dauda||15 April 1988||6||0||CAPS United||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|DF||Byron Madzokere||2 December 1990||1||0||Yadah Stars||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|DF||Godknows Murwira||4 July 1993||1||0||Platinum||v. Congo, 24 March 2019|
|DF||Kelvin Moyo||3 April 1993||6||0||Platinum Zvishavane||v. Liberia, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Erick Chipeta||28 June 1990||33||0||Cape Umoya United||v. DR Congo, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Costa Nhamoinesu||6 January 1986||11||1||Sparta Prague||v. Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE|
|DF||Adam Chicksen||27 September 1991||1||0||Bradford City||v. Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE|
|MF||Tafadzwa Rusike||7 May 1989||16||1||Zanaco||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|MF||Rodwell Chinyengetere||8 March 1988||9||2||Platinum Zvishavane||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|MF||Leeroy Mavunga||6 December 1998||6||1||Yadah Stars||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|MF||Richard Hachiro||27 January 1998||4||0||Herentals||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|MF||Butholezwe Ncube||24 April 1992||3||0||Amazulu||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|MF||Kelvin Lunga||11 May 1994||0||0||Rödinghausen||v. Congo, 24 March 2019|
|MF||Willard Katsande||5 January 1986||27||3||Kaizer Chiefs||v. Liberia, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Tafadzwa Kutinyu||22 December 1994||15||0||Azam||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|FW||Admiral Muskwe||21 August 1998||2||0||Leicester City||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|FW||Walter Musona||12 December 1995||2||0||Polokwane City||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|FW||Brian Amidu||21 May 1990||7||1||El-Entag El-Harby||v. Congo, 24 March 2019|
|FW||Terrence Dzvukamanja||5 May 1994||7||0||Bidvest Wits||v. Liberia, 18 November 2018|
|FW||Lucky Mkosana||30 September 1987||0||0||Penn||v. Congo, 9 September 2018|
|FW||Tinotenda Chibharo||11 November 1992||0||0||Sloboda Užice||v. Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE|
|FW||Kelly Lunga||11 May 1994||0||0||Bonner||v. Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 30 June 2019
- Players in bold text are still active with Zimbabwe.
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- ZIMBABWE INCLUDES TWO TANZANIAN BASED PLAYERS ON THEIR FINAL 23 MAN AFCON SQUAD
- Zimbabwe - National Football Teams