Zimbabwe national football team

Zimbabwe
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 118 (16 August 2018)
Highest 40 (April 1995)
Lowest 131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 89 7 (20 August 2018)
Highest 56 (April 1995)
Lowest 128 (March 2011)
First international
Southern Rhodesia 0–4 England XI
(Salisbury, Rhodesia; 26 June 1929)
Biggest win
 Botswana 0–7 Zimbabwe
(Gaborone, Botswana; 26 August 1990)
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 7–0 Rhodesia
(South Africa; 9 April 1977)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 3 (first in 2004)
Best result Group 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.[1]

History

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 Jonathan 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

COSAFA Cup :
CECAFA Cup :

Competition records

World Cup record

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 Did not enter Did not enter
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970 Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone Did not qualify from Asia/Oceania zone
1974 Did not enter Did not enter
1978
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[10] Expelled from qualifying competition
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026 To be determined To be determined
Total0/21 582116236071

FIFA Confederations Cup record

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Appearances : 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1992Did not qualify
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2009
2013
2017
2021To be determined
Total0/11000000

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1957 Did not enter
1959
1962
1963
1965
1968
1970
1972
1974
1976
1978
1980
1982 Did not qualify
1984
1986
1988
1990
1992
1994
1996
1998
2000
2002
2004 Group stage 14th 3 1 0 2 6 8
2006 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 5
2008 Did not qualify
2010
2012
2013
2015
2017 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8
2019 To be determined
2021
2023
Total Group stage 3/31 9 2 1 6 12 21

African Nations Championship record

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

African Games record

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
1965-000000
1973-000000
1978-000000
1987-000000
1991–present See Zimbabwe national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

COSAFA Cup record

  • 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

  • 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

2017

2018

2019

Source: Soccerway

Players

Current squad

The following players for the March 2018 Four Nations Tournament[11] Caps and goals updated as of 23 January 2017 after 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Edmore Sibanda 0 CAPS United
1GK George Chigova (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 7 0 Polokwane City
23 1GK Takabva Mawaya (1993-03-02) 2 March 1993 0 0 Hwange

15 2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 11 4 Kaizer Chiefs
2 2DF Costa Nhamoinesu (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 11 1 Sparta Prague
2DF Adam Chicksen (1991-09-27) 27 September 1991 0 0 Bradford City
2DF Praise Tonha 0 0 CAPS United
2DF Jimmy Dzingai 0 0 Yadah Stars
2DF Devine Lunga 0 0 Chicken Inn
2DF Cliff Moyo (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 0 0 Halifax Town

3MF Talent Chawapiwa (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 14 3 Baroka
3MF Andy Rinomhota (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 0 0 Reading
3MF Alec Mudimu (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 0 0 Cefn Druids
3MF Butholezwe Ncube 0 0 Amazulu
3MF Marshall Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 0 0 Orlando Pirates
18 3MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 7 0 Club Brugge

4FW Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 25 7 Amazulu
4FW Silas Songani (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 0 0 SonderjyskE
4FW Abbas Amidu 0 0 El-Entag El-Harby
8 4FW Evans Rusike (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 10 2 Maritzburg United
21 4FW Tino Kadewere (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 4 0 Djurgården

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for Zimbabwe in the last 12 months.[12]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Tatenda Mkuruva (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 17 0 Cape Town City F.C. (2016)
1 1GK Bernard Donovan (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 10 0 How Mine

2DF Dennis Dauda 0 Yadah Stars
2DF Tendayi Darikwa (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 1 0 Nottingham Forest
2DF Qadr Amini Ngezi Platinum F.C.
2DF Jameson Mukombwe Black Rhinos F.C.
2DF Kelvin Moyo F.C. Platinum
2DF Peter Muduwa Highlanders F.C.
3MF Kundai Benyu (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 Celtic
4 2DF Hardlife Zvirekwi (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 41 0 CAPS United
6 2DF Onismor Bhasera (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 33 0 SuperSport United
5 2DF Elisha Muroiwa (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 12 1 Dynamos
12 2DF Bruce Kangwa (1988-07-24) 24 July 1988 12 0 Azam
22 2DF Oscar Machapa (1987-06-01) 1 June 1987 12 0 Vita Club
19 2DF Lawrence Mhlanga (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 10 2 Chicken Inn

3MF Ali Sadiki (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987 8 1 F.C. Platinum
3MF Liberty Chakoroma Ngezi Platinum F.C.
3MF Devon Chafa (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 3 0 CAPS United
3MF Leeroy Mavunga Yadah Stars
3MF Ishmael Wadi Bulawayo City F.C.
3MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 21 3 Golden Arrows
3 3MF Danny Phiri (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 33 2 Golden Arrows
20 3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 26 7 Mamelodi Sundowns
14 3MF Willard Katsande (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 26 3 Kaizer Chiefs

17 4FW Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 29 17 Anderlecht
11 4FW Tendai Ndoro (1985-04-15) 15 April 1985 11 4 Al-Faisaly FC
4FW Admiral Muskwe (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 Leicester
13 4FW Cuthbert Malajila (1985-10-03) 3 October 1985 31 9 Mamelodi Sundowns
9 4FW Nyasha Mushekwi (1987-08-21) 21 August 1987 18 6 Dalian Yifang
7 4FW Matthew Rusike (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 8 1 Cape Town City
7 4FW Macauley Bonne (1995-10-26) 26 October 1995 2 0 Leyton Orient

References

  1. 1 2 3 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. 1 2 "When Rhodesia flirted with the World Cup". FIFA.com. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  5. "Cameroon national football team: record v Zimbabwe". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises Limited. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  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. Zimbabwe announce squad for four nations tournament (Mar 14, 2018)
  12. "Warriors prepare for Ivory Coast clash". SuperSport. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
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