Zimbabwe national football team

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Zimbabwe
Nickname(s)The Warriors
AssociationZimbabwe Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachZdravko Logarušić
CaptainKnowledge Musona
Most capsPeter Ndlovu (100)
FIFA codeZIM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 108 Increase 3 (27 November 2020)[1]
Highest40 (April 1995)
Lowest131 (October 2009, February–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 99 Increase 4 (19 November 2020)[2]
Highest56 (April 1995)
Lowest128 (March 2011)
First international
Southern Rhodesia Southern Rhodesia 0–4 England England
(Salisbury, Rhodesia; 26 June 1929)
Biggest win
 Botswana 0–7 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, 2019)

The Zimbabwe national football team (Nicknamed The Warriors), represents Zimbabwe in men's 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 FIFA World Cup finals, but has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations four times. Zimbabwe has won the COSAFA Cup a record six times, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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.

Kit Provider[edit]

Kit provider Period
Italy L-Sporto 2004-2005
Italy Legea 2006-2009
England Umbro 2013-2014
Spain Joma 2015-2016
Singapore Mafro 2017–2018
England Umbro 2019–present

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
Canada Mexico United 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

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019[edit]

19 November 2019 2021 AFCONQZambia 1–2 ZimbabweLusaka, Zambia
18:00 UTC+2
Stadium: National Heroes Stadium

2020[edit]

11 October 2020 FriendlyMalawi 0–0 ZimbabweBlantyre, Malawi
15:30 CAT Stadium: Kamuzu Stadium
12 November 2020 2021 AFCON QAlgeria 3–1 ZimbabweAlgiers, Algeria
20:00 CAT
Stadium: Stade du 5 Juillet
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)

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 30) 7 0 South Africa Baroka
23 1GK Talbert Shumba (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 30) 5 0 Zimbabwe Chapungu United
1GK Nelson Chadya (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum

2 2DF Tendayi Darikwa (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 28) 9 0 England Nottingham Forest
3 2DF Jordan Zemura (1999-11-14) 14 November 1999 (age 21) 1 0 England Bournemouth
4 2DF Adam Chicksen (1991-09-27) 27 September 1991 (age 29) 2 0 England Notts County
5 2DF Divine Lunga (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 25) 16 0 South Africa Lamontville Golden Arrows
6 2DF Alec Mudimu (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 25) 20 0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
15 2DF Teenage Hadebe (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 25) 29 4 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor
20 2DF Jimmy Dzingai (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 30) 7 0 Zambia Nkana
22 2DF Victor Kamhuka (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 30) 0 0 Myanmar Ayeyawady United

8 3MF Tafadzwa Rusike (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 31) 19 2 Zambia ZESCO United
10 3MF Ovidy Karuru (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 31) 41 7 South Africa Stellenbosch
11 3MF Khama Billiat (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 30) 46 17 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs
12 3MF King Nadolo (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Zimbabwe Dynamos
16 3MF Kudakwashe Mahachi (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 27) 33 3 South Africa SuperSport United
17 3MF Knowledge Musona (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 30) 44 23 Belgium Eupen
18 3MF Marvelous Nakamba (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 26) 23 0 England Aston Villa

7 4FW Terrence Dzvukamanja (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 26) 9 0 South Africa Bidvest Wits
13 4FW Prince Dube (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 23) 11 7 Tanzania Azam
14 4FW Tino Kadewere (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 24) 18 3 France Lyon
21 4FW David Moyo (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Scotland Hamilton Academical

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 Simbarashe Chinani (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Zimbabwe Dynamos v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019

DF Ian Nekati (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 31) 8 0 Zimbabwe ZPC Kariba v.  Malawi, 11 October 2020
DF MacClive Phiri (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 27) 4 0 South Africa Bidvest Wits v.  Malawi, 11 October 2020
DF Partson Jaure (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 30) 31 1 Zimbabwe Manica Diamonds v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019
DF Ronald Pfumbidzai (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25) 18 2 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019
DF Kelvin Moyo (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 27) 6 0 South Africa Chippa United F.C. v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019
DF Cliff Moyo (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 27) 1 0 England Kidderminster Harriers F.C. v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019

MF Wellington Taderera (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 25) 3 1 Zimbabwe Ngezi Platinum v.  Malawi, 11 October 2020
MF Nyasha Munetsi (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 24) 20 1 France Stade de Reims v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019
MF Thabani Kamusoko (1988-03-02) 2 March 1988 (age 32) 13 0 Zambia Zesco United v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019
MF Butholezwe Ncube (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 28) 4 0 South Africa AmaZulu v.  Zambia, 19 November 2019

FW Takudzwa Chimwemwe (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 28) 2 0 Zambia Buildcon v.  Malawi, 11 October 2020
FW Charlton Mashumba (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 27) 5 0 South Africa Polokwane City v.  Malawi, 11 October 2020
FW Evans Katema (1988-05-14) 14 May 1988 (age 32) 3 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Malawi, 11 October 2020
FW Stanley Ngala (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Zimbabwe Platinum v.  Malawi, 11 October 2020
FW Knox Mutizwa (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 27) 18 6 South Africa Lamontville Golden Arrows v.  Zambia, 19 November 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]

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  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.
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  10. ^ "Anger over Zimbabwe anthem gaffe". BBC News. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
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  12. ^ "Zimbabwe expelled from the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia". FIFA.com. 12 March 2015.
  13. ^ Zimbabwe - National Football Teams

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