Zimbabwe national football team

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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)
Home stadiumNational Sports Stadium
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 115 Decrease 5 (29 November 2018)[1]
Highest40 (April 1995)
Lowest131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 88 Increase 1 (13 December 2018)[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

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]

History[edit]

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]

Achievements[edit]

COSAFA Cup :
CECAFA Cup :

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone
West Germany 1974 Did not enter Did not enter
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982 Did not qualify from African zone 2 1 0 1 1 2
Mexico 1986 2 0 1 1 1 2
Italy 1990 4 0 1 3 1 10
United States 1994 10 6 2 2 11 10
France 1998 8 2 2 4 10 10
South Korea Japan 2002 8 6 0 2 11 6
Germany 2006 12 5 3 4 17 16
South Africa 2010 6 1 3 2 4 6
Brazil 2014 6 0 2 4 4 9
Russia 2018 Expelled from qualifying competition[12] Expelled from qualifying competition
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 58 21 16 23 60 71

FIFA Confederations Cup record[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Appearances : 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
2021 To be determined
Total 0/11 0 0 0 0 0 0

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994
South Africa 1996
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004 Group stage 14th 3 1 0 2 6 8
Egypt 2006 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Ghana 2008 Did not qualify
Angola 2010
Equatorial Guinea Gabon 2012
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8
Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023
Total Group stage 3/31 9 2 1 6 12 21

African Nations Championship record[edit]

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

African Games record[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 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 record[edit]

  • 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 record[edit]

  • 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 fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Source: Soccerway

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK George Chigova (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 27) 29 0 South Africa Polokwane City
1GK Edmore Sibanda (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 32) 12 0 South Africa Witbank Spurs
1GK Simbarashe Chinani (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Zimbabwe Dynamos

2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 23) 17 4 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
2DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 23) 12 2 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic
2DF Marshall Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22) 9 0 South Africa Orlando Pirates
2DF Alec Mudimu (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 23) 8 0 Wales Cefn Druids
2DF Kelvin Moyo (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 25) 6 0 Zimbabwe Platinum Zvishavane
2DF Byron Madzokere (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Zimbabwe Yadah Stars

3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 28) 33 11 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
3MF Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 29) 32 7 South Africa Amazulu
3MF Willard Katsande (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 (age 32) 27 3 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
3MF Talent Chawapiwa (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 26) 23 4 South Africa Baroka
3MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 24) 15 0 Belgium Club Brugge
3MF Tafadzwa Kutinyu (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 23) 12 0 Tanzania Azam
3MF Rodwell Chinyengetere (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 30) 8 2 Zimbabwe Platinum Zvishavane

4FW Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 28) 33 21 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Evans Rusike (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 28) 20 3 South Africa SuperSport United
4FW Knox Mutizwa (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 25) 13 5 South Africa Lamontville Golden Arrows
4FW Tino Kadewere (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 22) 10 2 France Le Havre
4FW Terrence Dzvukamanja (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 24) 7 0 South Africa Bidvest Wits

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Bernard Donovan (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 23) 11 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018
GK Talbert Shumba (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Zimbabwe Chapungu United v.  Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
GK Chang Mariyoni (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Zimbabwe Triangle United 2018 COSAFA Cup PRE
GK Takabva Mawaya (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Zimbabwe ZPC Kariba v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018

DF Erick Chipeta (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 28) 33 0 South Africa Cape Umoya United v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018
DF Devine Lunga (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 23) 7 0 South Africa Lamontville Golden Arrows v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018
DF Tendayi Darikwa (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 27) 4 0 England Nottingham Forest v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018 SUS
DF Costa Nhamoinesu (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 32) 11 1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
DF Adam Chicksen (1991-09-27) 27 September 1991 (age 27) 1 0 England Bradford City v.  Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
DF Jameson Mukombwe (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 27) 5 0 Zimbabwe Platinum Zvishavane 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Liberty Chakoroma (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 24) 15 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum 2018 COSAFA Cup PRE
DF Honest Moyo (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 27) 5 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders 2018 COSAFA Cup PRE
DF Stephen Mukatuka (1988-12-19) 19 December 1988 (age 29) 6 0 Zimbabwe CAPS United v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
DF Peter Muduhwa (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
DF Praise Tonha (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 23) 4 0 Zimbabwe CAPS United v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
DF Jimmy Dzingai (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 28) 3 0 Zimbabwe Yadah Stars v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
DF Macclive Phiri (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
DF Cliff Moyo (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 25) 1 0 England Guiseley 2018 Four Nations Tournament

MF Danny Phiri (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 29) 37 2 South Africa Golden Arrows v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018
MF Leeroy Mavunga (1998-12-06) 6 December 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Zimbabwe Yadah Stars v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018
MF Richard Hachiro (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 20) 3 0 Zimbabwe Herentals v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018
MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 25) 25 3 South Africa Orlando Pirates v.  Congo, 9 September 2018
MF Abbas Amidu (1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 28) 7 1 Egypt El-Entag El-Harby 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Kundai Benyu (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Scotland Celtic 2018 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Andy Rinomhota (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 England Reading 2018 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Ocean Mushure (1985-07-01) 1 July 1985 (age 33) 20 4 Zimbabwe Dynamos v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
MF Raphael Manuvire (1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 30) 14 1 Zimbabwe Dynamos v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
MF Farai Madhanaga (1995-02-14) 14 February 1995 (age 23) 8 0 Zimbabwe Platinum Zvishavane v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
MF Innocent Muchaneka (1991-08-03) 3 August 1991 (age 27) 3 0 Zimbabwe Chicken Inn v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
MF Winston Mhango (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Zimbabwe Platinum Zvishavane v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
MF Ian Nyoni (1995-08-06) 6 August 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Zimbabwe Chapungu United v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
MF Michael Charamba (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
MF Butholezwe Ncube (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 26) 1 0 South Africa Amazulu 2018 Four Nations Tournament

FW Lucky Mkosana (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 31) 0 0 United States Penn v.  Congo, 9 September 2018
FW Nyasha Mushekwi (1987-08-21) 21 August 1987 (age 31) 18 6 China Dalian Yifang v.  Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
FW Tinotenda Chibharo (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Serbia Sloboda Užice v.  Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
FW Kelly Lunga (1994-05-11) 11 May 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Germany Bonner v.  Congo, 9 September 2018 PRE
FW Takudzwa Chimwemwe (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Zimbabwe Harare City 2018 COSAFA Cup
FW Macauley Bonne (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 23) 2 1 England Leyton Orient 2018 COSAFA Cup PRE
FW Admiral Muskwe (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 20) 1 0 England Leicester City 2018 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Clive Augusto (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
FW Ishmael Wadi (1988-08-28) 28 August 1988 (age 30) 0 0 Zimbabwe Bulawayo City v.  Botswana, 18 Abril 2018
FW Silas Songani (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 (age 29) 10 0 Denmark SonderjyskE 2018 Four Nations Tournament

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.

References[edit]

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