Zimbabwe national football team

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Zimbabwe
Nickname(s)The Warriors
AssociationZimbabwe Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachJoey Antipas
CaptainKnowledge Musona
Most capsPeter Ndlovu (100)
Top scorerPeter Ndlovu (38)
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Steady (19 December 2019)[1]
Highest40 (April 1995)
Lowest131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 103 Decrease 15 (25 November 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)

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.

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.[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] At the time, the team was experiencing its strongest period for many years, qualifying for both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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 to England 1966 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone
West Germany 1974 to Argentina 1978 Did not enter Did not enter
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 KoreaJapan 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
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 58 21 16 23 60 71

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Nigeria 1980 Not affiliated to CAF
Libya 1982 to Mali 2002 Did not qualify
Tunisia 2004 Group stage 14th 3 1 0 2 6 8
Egypt 2006 13th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Ghana 2008 to Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8
Egypt 2019 21st 3 0 1 2 1 6
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total Group stage 4/32 12 2 2 8 13 27

African Nations Championship record[edit]

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Group stage 6th 3 0 3 0 3 3
Sudan 2011 11th 3 1 0 2 2 3
South Africa 2014 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 3 2
Rwanda 2016 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Morocco 2018 Did not qualify
Cameroon 2020 To be determined
Algeria 2022
Total Fourth place 5/6 15 3 7 5 9 11

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
  • 2019 – Third place

COSAFA Cup[edit]

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
South Africa 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

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

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup[edit]

CECAFA Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Uganda 1973 Group Stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
Tanzania 1974 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
Zambia 1975 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 7
Zanzibar 1976 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Somalia 1977 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Malawi 1978 Did not enter
Kenya 1979 Fourth Place 4th 4 0 2 2 3 8
Sudan 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Tanzania 1981 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 9
Uganda 1982 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 3 8
Kenya 1983 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 6
Uganda 1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 4
Zimbabwe 1985 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1987 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 2 3
Malawi 1988 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 3
Kenya 1989 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 0 1
Zanzibar 1990 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 3 5
Uganda 1991 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 7
Tanzania 1992 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
Kenya 1994 Did not enter
Uganda 1995 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 5 4
Sudan 1996 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Rwanda 1999 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 3
Uganda 2000 Did not enter
Rwanda 2001 Group Stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
Tanzania 2002 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 1 3
Sudan 2003 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 6
Ethiopia 2004 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 7 11
Rwanda 2005 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 7 6
Ethiopia 2006 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 0 4
Tanzania 2007 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 1 2 0 5 3
Uganda 2008 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 5
Kenya 2009 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 6 3
Tanzania 2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 3
Tanzania 2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 4
Uganda 2012 Third Place 3rd 6 1 4 1 5 6
Kenya 2013 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Ethiopia 2015 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Kenya 2017 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 6
Total 34/38 1 Title 121 29 31 61 99 181

Results and fixtures[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Source: Soccerway

  1. ^ Played in Djibouti due to security concerns from the ongoing civil war

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Elvis Chipezeze (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 29) 6 0 South Africa Baroka
16 1GK Talbert Shumba (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 29) 2 0 Zimbabwe Chapungu United

2 2DF Ian Nekati (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 30) 2 0 Zimbabwe Platinum
3 2DF Peter Muduhwa (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 26) 6 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders
5 2DF Divine Lunga (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 24) 13 0 South Africa Lamontville Golden Arrows
6 2DF Alec Mudimu (C) (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 24) 16 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
17 2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 24) 24 4 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor
20 2DF MacClive Phiri (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders

4 3MF Tichaona Chipunza (1994-06-08) 8 June 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum
7 3MF Phineas Bamusi (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Zimbabwe CAPS United
8 3MF Nyasha Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23) 17 1 France Stade de Reims
10 3MF Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 30) 39 7 South Africa AmaZulu
11 3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 29) 41 15 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
12 3MF Sipho Ndlovu (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Zimbabwe Bulawayo City
13 3MF Thabani Kamusoko (1988-03-02) 2 March 1988 (age 31) 13 0 Tanzania Young Africans
22 3MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 26) 29 3 South Africa Orlando Pirates

9 4FW Evans Rusike (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 29) 26 4 South Africa SuperSport United
14 4FW Clive Augusto (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 25) 5 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum
15 4FW Terrence Dzvukamanja (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 25) 9 0 South Africa Bidvest Wits
18 4FW Knox Mutizwa (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 26) 16 5 South Africa Lamontville Golden Arrows
19 4FW Admiral Muskwe (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 21) 4 1 England Leicester City
4FW Tino Kadewere (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 24) 15 2 France Le Havre

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 George Chigova (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 28) 32 0 South Africa Polokwane City 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Edmore Sibanda (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 33) 15 0 South Africa Witbank Spurs 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Petros Mhari (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 30) 0 0 Zimbabwe Platinum v.  Congo, 24 March 2019
GK Simbarashe Chinani (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Zimbabwe Dynamos v.  Liberia, 18 November 2018
GK Bernard Donovan (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 24) 11 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018

DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25) 16 2 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Lawrence Mhlanga (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 26) 12 2 Zimbabwe Platinum 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Tendayi Darikwa (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 28) 11 0 England Nottingham Forest 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Jimmy Dzingai (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 29) 5 0 Zambia Power Dynamos 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Dennis Dauda (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 31) 6 0 Zambia CAPS United 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Byron Madzokere (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 29) 1 0 Zimbabwe Yadah Stars 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Godknows Murwira (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Zimbabwe Platinum v.  Congo, 24 March 2019
DF Kelvin Moyo (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 26) 6 0 Zimbabwe Platinum Zvishavane v.  Liberia, 18 November 2018
DF Erick Chipeta (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 29) 33 0 South Africa Cape Umoya United v.  DR Congo, 16 October 2018

MF Danny Phiri (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 30) 41 2 South Africa Lamontville Golden Arrows 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Talent Chawapiwa (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 27) 29 4 South Africa AmaZulu 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25) 18 0 England Aston Villa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Tafadzwa Rusike (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 30) 16 1 Zambia Zanaco 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Tafadzwa Kutinyu (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 25) 15 0 Tanzania Azam 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Rodwell Chinyengetere (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 31) 9 2 Zimbabwe Platinum Zvishavane 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Leeroy Mavunga (1998-12-06) 6 December 1998 (age 21) 6 1 Zimbabwe Yadah Stars 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Richard Hachiro (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Zimbabwe Herentals 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Butholezwe Ncube (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 27) 3 0 South Africa AmaZulu 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Kelvin Lunga (1994-05-11) 11 May 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Germany Rödinghausen v.  Congo, 24 March 2019
MF Willard Katsande (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 (age 34) 27 3 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs v.  Liberia, 18 November 2018

FW Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 29) 40 22 Belgium Anderlecht 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Nyasha Mushekwi (1987-08-21) 21 August 1987 (age 32) 21 6 China Zhejiang Greentown 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Walter Musona (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 24) 2 0 South Africa Polokwane City 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Brian Amidu (1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 29) 7 1 Egypt El-Entag El-Harby v.  Congo, 24 March 2019

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.

Records[edit]

As of 10 September 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Zimbabwe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ "England Matches – Unofficial". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  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. ^ Antipas names new-look Warriors squad
  14. ^ Zimbabwe - National Football Teams

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