Zimbabwe women's national football team

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Zimbabwe
Nickname(s)Mighty Warriors
AssociationZimbabwe Football Association
ConfederationCAF
Head coachSithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda
CaptainTalent Mandaza
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Decrease 9 (27 September 2019)[1]
Highest82 (December 2013)
Lowest118 (August 2010)
First international
 Zimbabwe 4–0 Lesotho 
(Harare, Zimbabwe; 30 July 2000)
Biggest win
 Zimbabwe 15–0 Lesotho 
(Harare, Zimbabwe; 19 April 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 6–0 Zimbabwe 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 21 November 2000)
African Women's Championship
Appearances4 (first in 1991)
Best result4th (2000)
Summer Olympics
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best result12th (2016)

The Zimbabwe women's national football team is the national women's football team of Zimbabwe and is overseen by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA). As of June 2017, they are ranked 86th in the world.[2]

Their first competitive international match was played in the 2000 African Women's Championship, when they drew against Uganda 2–2 on 11 November 2000. They actually were in the draw for the 1991 edition, but withdrew from the tournament before playing a match.

Their best result in the African Women's Championship was 4th in 2000. They have never qualified for the World Cup.

They qualified for the 2016 Olympic football tournament, and finished last in their group (containing Canada, Germany, and Australia) after losing 6–1 to Germany, 3–1 to Canada and 6–1 to Australia.

History[edit]

Zimbabwe were slated to appear at the 1991 African Women's Championship, but withdrew before their first round match with Zambia.[3] In June 1997 the team played South Africa at FNB Stadium in a curtain raiser to the men's Nelson Mandela Challenge.[4][5] In 2003 the team's star player Yesmore Mutero publicly accused the national coach Shacky Tauro of infecting her with HIV during extramarital sex. Tauro denied the claims but abruptly left his job. Mutero died in 2004, followed by Tauro in 2009.[6] A subsequent inquiry into allegations of widespread sexual abuse of Zimbabwe's female footballers was botched by ZIFA.[7][8]

In the COSAFA Women's Championship they finished 2nd in 2002 and fourth in 2006. In 2011 they were crowned champions.[9]

In addition to covering up sexual abuse, ZIFA have provided inadequate and dangerous training facilities, failed to arrange preparation matches, withheld contractual payment and bonuses, refused to pay for travel to away matches and refused to pay for treatment of injured players.[10][11] As a reward for qualifying for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, each player was given $50 to buy a dress.[12] The players performed at the 2016 Olympics despite being owed $3,500 each from the association.[13] Upon their return from Brazil, no ZIFA officials greeted the players who were given either $5 or $15 to travel home. An editorial in The Standard newspaper said: "Friday’s debacle at the airport exposed the Zifa president for what he is — a loud mouth failure who is taking Zimbabwean football to the gutter."[14]

Olympic Games record[edit]

Zimbabwe team at the 2016 Olympics
Olympic Games Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
United States 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Australia 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Greece 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2016 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 3 15 –12
Total 1/6 3 0 0 3 3 15 –12
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Zimbabwe qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games after beating Zambia 2–2 on away goals, Côte d'Ivoire via a walkover, and Cameroon 2–2 on away goals. They qualified along with South Africa, who finished last in their group as well.

They were drawn into a group with Germany, Canada, and Australia, and were the only team in the women's tournament to lose all of their games.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 9 Quarter-finals
2  Germany 3 1 1 1 9 5 +4 4
3  Australia 3 1 1 1 8 5 +3 4
4  Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0
Source: Rio2016 & FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Zimbabwe 1–6 Germany
Basopo Goal 50' Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 20,521[15]
Referee: Rita Gani (Malaysia)
Canada 3–1 Zimbabwe
Beckie Goal 7'35'
Sinclair Goal 19' (pen.)
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)
Chirandu Goal 86'
Attendance: 30,295[16]
Referee: Olga Miranda (Paraguay)
Australia 6–1 Zimbabwe
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)
Msipa Goal 90+1'

Africa Women Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Women Cup of Nations
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1991 Withdrew in Quarterfinals
1995 Did not enter
Nigeria 1998 Did not enter
South Africa 2000 Fourth Place 5 1 1 3 8 17
Nigeria 2002 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 2 4
South Africa 2004 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 3 4
Nigeria 2006 Withdrew in Qualification
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010 Did not enter
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did not qualify
Namibia 2014 Did not qualify
Cameroon 2016 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 0 3
Ghana 2018 Did not qualify
Total 12/12 49 20 10 19 60 77

All African Games[edit]

Football at the African Games
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Nigeria 2003 1R 3 1 1 1 5 6
Algeria 2007 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mozambique 2011 1R 3 0 1 2 4 8
Republic of the Congo 2015 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2/4 6 1 2 3 9 14

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called up for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Chido Dringirai (1991-10-25) 25 October 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Zimbabwe Flame Lily Queens F.C.
16 1GK Lindiwe Magwede (1991-12-01) 1 December 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Zimbabwe Cyclone Stars F.C.

2 2DF Lynett Mutokuto (1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 (age 31) 0 0 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
3 2DF Shiela Makoto (1990-01-14) 14 January 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Zimbabwe Blue Swallows Queens F.C.
4 2DF Nobuhle Majika (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Zimbabwe Inline Academy F.C.
14 2DF Eunice Chibanda (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.

5 3MF Msipa Emmaculate (1992-06-07) 7 June 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
6 3MF Talent Mandaza (1985-12-11) 11 December 1985 (age 33) 0 0 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
8 3MF Rejoice Kapfumvuti (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Zimbabwe Inline Academy F.C.
10 3MF Mavis Chirandu (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Zimbabwe Weerams F.C.
11 3MF Daisy Kaitano (1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
12 3MF Marjory Nyaumwe (1987-07-10) 10 July 1987 (age 32) 0 0 Zimbabwe Flame Lily Queens F.C.

7 4FW Rudo Neshamba (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Zimbabwe Weerams F.C.
9 4FW Samkelisiwe Zulu (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Zimbabwe Flame Lily Queens F.C.
13 4FW Erina Jeke (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Zimbabwe Flame Lily Queens F.C.
15 4FW Rutendo Makore (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Unattached
17 4FW Kudakwashe Bhasopo (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 29) 0 1 Zimbabwe Black Rhinos F.C.
18 4FW Felistas Muzongondi (1983-03-22) 22 March 1983 (age 36) 0 0 Zimbabwe Mwenezana F.C.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking: Women's Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Namibia: Zambia's She-Polopolo". AllAfrica.com. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  4. ^ Chingoma, Grace (28 October 2011). "Where are our queens?". The Herald (Zimbabwe). Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  5. ^ Duret, Sébastien (5 November 2003). "South Africa - Women - International Results". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  6. ^ Muchinjo, Enock (4 August 2016). "Rio 2016: Zimbabwe women's arduous journey to Brazil". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Yesmore Mutero turning in her grave". The Standard (Zimbabwe). 8 March 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  8. ^ Vickers, Steve (30 March 2005). "Zimbabwe inquiry delayed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  9. ^ http://womenssoccerafrica.blogspot.de/2011/07/cosafa-womens-championship-zimbabwe.html
  10. ^ Moyo, Sikhumbuzo (11 March 2014). "Mighty Warriors finally get part of bonuses". The Chronicle (Zimbabwe). Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  11. ^ Nyakwenda, Langton (10 April 2016). "Mighty Warriors queen Neshamba stranded". The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe). Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  12. ^ Nnadiegbulam, Chibuogwu (20 June 2016). "The Zimbabwe Mighty Warriors' tale of price and sacrifice". Unusual Efforts. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  13. ^ Karonga, Austin (11 August 2016). "Mighty Warriors global appeal". Daily News (Harare). Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Mighty Warriors fiasco a disgrace". The Standard (Zimbabwe). 14 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Match Report: ZIM vs GER" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Match Report: CAM vs ZIM" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Match Report: AUS vs ZIM" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Squad Lists for Rio 2016" (PDF). FIFA. 25 July 2016.

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