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.
|Association||Zimbabwe Football Association|
|Head coach||Joey Antipas|
|Most caps||Peter Ndlovu (100)|
|Top scorer||Peter Ndlovu (38)|
|Current||111 6 (28 November 2019)|
|Highest||40 (April 1995)|
|Lowest||131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)|
|Current||103 15 (25 November 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)|
- 1 History
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Competition records
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Records
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. 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. At the time, the team was experiencing its strongest period for many years, qualifying for both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
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|
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
Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit
|CECAFA Cup Record|
|1978||Did not enter|
|1985||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not enter|
Results and fixturesEdit
|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)
|5 September 2022 WCQ||Somalia||1–0||Zimbabwe||Djibouti City, Djibouti[note 1]|
||Report||Stadium: El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium|
|10 September 2022 WCQ||Zimbabwe||3–1|
|15:00 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)||
||Stadium: National Sports Stadium|
Referee: Andofetra Rakotojaona (Madagascar)
|15 November 2021 AFCONQ||Zimbabwe||0–0||Botswana||Harare, Zimbabwe|
|18:00 UTC+2||Stadium: National Sports Stadium|
|19 November 2021 AFCONQ||Zambia||1–2||Zimbabwe||Lusaka, Zambia|
||Stadium: National Heroes Stadium|
- Played in Djibouti due to security concerns from the ongoing civil war
- The following players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Somalia.
- Match date(s): 5 - 10 September
- Opposition: Somalia
- Caps and goals are correct as of 10 September 2019, after the match against Somalia.
The following players have been called up for Zimbabwe in the last 12 months.
- As of 10 September 2019
- Players in bold text are still active with Zimbabwe.
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- Hawkey, Ian. "When Peter Ndlovu and Bruce Grobbelaar made Zimbabwe dare to dream". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
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- Antipas names new-look Warriors squad
- Zimbabwe - National Football Teams