Zimbabwe national football team

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Zimbabwe
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Warriors
Association Zimbabwe Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coach Sunday Chidzambwa
Captain Knowledge Musona
Most caps Peter Ndlovu (100)
Top scorer Peter Ndlovu (38)
Home stadium National Sports Stadium
FIFA code ZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 101 Steady (10 August 2017)
Highest 40 (April 1995)
Lowest 131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 103 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest 56 (April 1995)
Lowest 128 (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
Appearances 3 (first in 2004)
Best result Group stage, 2004, 2006, and 2017

Zimbabweans are known for playing football. They have produced the most amount of MLS football players in 20 years. The Zimbabwe national football team is the national team of Zimbabwe and is controlled by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), formally known as the Football Association of Rhodesia. The team were known as the Southern Rhodesia national football team from 1939–1964 when they represented Southern Rhodesia, then the Rhodesia national football team until 1980 representing Rhodesia. They became Zimbabwe in 1980 following the change in the country's status from Zimbabwe Rhodesia. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals, and did not qualify for their first Africa Cup of Nations until 2004.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[5][6] 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.[1] 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.[1][7]

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 Johnathan Moyo called "a cheap attempt by the organisers to demoralise our boys".[8] 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.[9]

Achievements[edit]

COSAFA Cup :
CECAFA Cup :

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 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
West Germany 1974 Did Not enter
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982 Did Not qualify from African zone
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South KoreaJapan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 Expelled from qualifying competition[10]
Qatar 2022 To be Determined
Totals 0/10

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

African Nations Championship record[edit]

  • 2009 – Group stage
  • 2011 – Group stage
  • 2014 – Fourth place
  • 2016 – Group stage

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

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]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Source: Soccerway

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The final squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations was announced on 4 January 2017.[11] Caps and goals updated as of 23 January 2017 after match against Tunisia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Tatenda Mkuruva (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 (age 21) 17 0 Zimbabwe Dynamos
1 1GK Bernard Donovan (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 22) 10 0 Zimbabwe How Mine
23 1GK Takabva Mawaya (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Zimbabwe Hwange

4 2DF Hardlife Zvirekwi (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 30) 41 0 Zimbabwe CAPS United
6 2DF Onismor Bhasera (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 31) 33 0 South Africa SuperSport United
5 2DF Elisha Muroiwa (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 28) 12 1 Zimbabwe Dynamos
12 2DF Bruce Kangwa (1988-07-24) 24 July 1988 (age 29) 12 0 Tanzania Azam
22 2DF Oscar Machapa (1987-06-01) 1 June 1987 (age 30) 12 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Vita Club
15 2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 21) 11 4 Zimbabwe Chicken Inn
2 2DF Costa Nhamoinesu (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 31) 11 1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
19 2DF Lawrence Mhlanga (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 23) 10 2 Zimbabwe Chicken Inn

3 3MF Danny Phiri (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 28) 33 2 South Africa Golden Arrows
20 3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 26) 26 7 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
14 3MF Willard Katsande (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 31) 26 3 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
10 3MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 23) 21 3 South Africa Golden Arrows
18 3MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 23) 7 0 Netherlands Vitesse

13 4FW Cuthbert Malajila (1985-10-03) 3 October 1985 (age 31) 31 9 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
17 4FW Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 27) 29 17 Belgium Oostende
9 4FW Nyasha Mushekwi (1987-08-21) 21 August 1987 (age 29) 18 6 China Dalian Yifang
11 4FW Tendai Ndoro (1985-04-15) 15 April 1985 (age 32) 11 4 South Africa Orlando Pirates
8 4FW Evans Rusike (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 27) 10 2 South Africa Maritzburg United
7 4FW Matthew Rusike (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 27) 8 1 Sweden Helsingborgs
21 4FW Tino Kadewere (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Sweden Djurgårdens

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 Nelson Chadya Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier vs. Guinea

DF Farai Madhanhanga 2 0 Zimbabwe Harare City v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
DF Liberty Chakoroma (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 22) 5 1 Zimbabwe CAPS United v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
DF Tendai Ndlovu (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
DF Blessing Moyo (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Zimbabwe Dynamos 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier vs. Guinea
DF Bruce Kangwa (1988-07-24) 24 July 1988 (age 29) 4 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders 2016 COSAFA Cup
DF Godknows Murwira (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Zimbabwe Dynamos 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier vs. Guinea

MF Malvin Gaki (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Zimbabwe Triangle United v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
MF Raphael Kutinyu (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Zimbabwe Chicken Inn v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
MF Ronald Chitiyo (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 25) 14 2 Zimbabwe Harare City v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
MF Talent Chawapiwa (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 25) 7 1 Zimbabwe ZPC Kariba v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
MF Walter Musona (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Zimbabwe Platinum v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
MF King Nadolo (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders 2016 COSAFA Cup
MF Nqobizitha Masuku (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Zimbabwe Highlanders 2016 COSAFA Cup
MF Raphael Manuvire (1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 28) 2 0 Zimbabwe Harare City 2016 COSAFA Cup

FW Pritchard Mpelele (1995-06-16) 16 June 1995 (age 22) 9 0 Zimbabwe Hwange Colliery v.  Ivory Coast, December 26, 2016
FW Charlton Mashumba (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 24) 3 0 South Africa Jomo Cosmos 2016 COSAFA Cup
FW Obadiah Tarumbwa (1985-11-25) 25 November 1985 (age 31) 4 3 Zimbabwe Bantu 2016 COSAFA Cup
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • DEC Player has refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hawkey, Ian. "When Peter Ndlovu and Bruce Grobbelaar made Zimbabwe dare to dream.". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ "England Matches – Unofficial". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  3. ^ Gilchrist, Paul (2013). The Politics of Sport: Community, Mobility, Identity. Routledge. p. 51. ISBN 1317990994. 
  4. ^ a b "When Rhodesia flirted with the World Cup". FIFA.com. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  5. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/cameroon/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Zimbabwe/
  6. ^ "1982 FIFA World Cup Spain – Matches – Zimbabwe-Cameroon". FIFA.com. 2016-07-23. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  7. ^ "World Cup 1994 Qualifying". Rsssf. 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Anger over Zimbabwe anthem gaffe". BBC News. 2004-01-26. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  9. ^ "Zimbabwe expelled from 2018 World Cup". BBC Sport. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Zimbabwe expelled from the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia". FIFA.com. 12 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Warriors prepare for Ivory Coast clash". SuperSport. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 

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