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).
|Association||Zimbabwe Football Association|
|Head coach||Zdravko Logarušić|
|Most caps||Norman Mapeza (92)|
|Top scorer||Peter Ndlovu (37)|
|Current||111 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||40 (April 1995)|
|Lowest||131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)|
|Current||102 7 (26 October 2020)|
|Highest||56 (April 1995)|
|Lowest||128 (March 2011)|
| Southern Rhodesia 0–4 England |
(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)|
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
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.
|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|
- 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.
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||11 March 1990||8||0||Baroka||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|GK||Simbarashe Chinani||16 September 1995||2||0||Dynamos||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Partson Jaure||8 July 1990||31||1||Manica Diamonds||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Ronald Pfumbidzai||25 December 1994||18||2||Bloemfontein Celtic||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Kelvin Moyo||3 April 1993||6||0||Chippa United F.C.||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Cliff Moyo||6 April 1993||1||0||Kidderminster Harriers F.C.||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Ovidy Karuru||23 January 1989||42||7||Stellenbosch FC||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Kudakwashe Mahachi||29 September 1993||31||3||SuperSport United||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Nyasha Munetsi||22 June 1996||20||1||Stade de Reims||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Thabani Kamusoko||2 March 1988||13||0||Zesco United||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Butholezwe Ncube||24 April 1992||4||0||AmaZulu||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|FW||Knowledge Musona||21 June 1990||42||21||K.A.S. Eupen||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|FW||Knox Mutizwa||12 October 1993||18||6||Lamontville Golden Arrows||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|FW||Prince Dube||17 February 1997||10||6||Highlanders F.C.||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
|FW||Terrence Dzvukamanja||5 May 1994||9||0||Bidvest Wits||v. Zambia, 19 November 2019|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 10 September 2019
- Players in bold text are still active with Zimbabwe.
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- Zimbabwe - National Football Teams
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