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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. 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.

Zimbabwe
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)
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 109 Increase 1 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest40 (April 1995)
Lowest131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 98 Decrease 9 (20 July 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)


Zimbabwe has won the COSAFA Cup a record six times.

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 won 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]

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.

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

FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Appearances : 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 to   2017 Did not qualify
2021 To be determined
Total 0/11 0 0 0 0 0 0

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 4/5 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

Results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Source: Soccerway

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK George Chigova (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 28) 32 0   Polokwane City
1 1GK Edmore Sibanda (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 33) 15 0   Witbank Spurs
13 1GK Elvis Chipezeze (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 29) 4 0   Baroka

15 2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 23) 23 4   Yeni Malatyaspor
4 2DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 24) 16 2   Bloemfontein Celtic
6 2DF Alec Mudimu (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 24) 14 0   Cefn Druids
5 2DF Divine Lunga (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 24) 11 0   Lamontville Golden Arrows
2 2DF Tendayi Darikwa (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 27) 11 0   Nottingham Forest
12 2DF Jimmy Dzingai (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 28) 5 0   Power Dynamos
22 2DF Lawrence Mhlanga (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 25) 12 2   Platinum

3 3MF Danny Phiri (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 29) 41 2   Lamontville Golden Arrows
11 3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 28) 40 14   Kaizer Chiefs
10 3MF Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 30) 38 7   Amazulu
7 3MF Talent Chawapiwa (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 27) 29 4   Baroka
20 3MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 25) 27 3   Orlando Pirates
18 3MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25) 18 0   Club Brugge
8 3MF Nyasha Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23) 15 0   Stade de Reims
21 3MF Thabani Kamusoko (1988-03-02) 2 March 1988 (age 31) 11 0   Young Africans

17 4FW Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 29) 40 22   Anderlecht
9 4FW Evans Rusike (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 29) 24 4   SuperSport United
23 4FW Nyasha Mushekwi (1987-08-21) 21 August 1987 (age 31) 21 6   Dalian Yifang
19 4FW Knox Mutizwa (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 25) 15 5   Lamontville Golden Arrows
14 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 Talbert Shumba (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Chapungu United 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
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 24) 11 0   Ngezi Platinum v.   DR Congo, 16 October 2018

DF Lawrence Mhlanga (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 25) 11 2   Platinum 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
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 28) 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
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 Tafadzwa Rusike (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 30) 16 1   Zanaco 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
MF Tafadzwa Kutinyu (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24) 15 0   Azam 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

FW Admiral Muskwe (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 20) 2 0   Leicester City 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
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
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 30 June 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Zimbabwe.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
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  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. ^ ZIMBABWE INCLUDES TWO TANZANIAN BASED PLAYERS ON THEIR FINAL 23 MAN AFCON SQUAD
  14. ^ Zimbabwe - National Football Teams

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