Zimbabwe national football team players, nickname, coach, world rankings and AFCON

Zimbabwe national football team players, nickname, coach, world rankings and AFCON

Ciku Njuguna
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM

The national soccer team representing Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean national male football team popularly known as 'The Warriors'. The Warriors' coach, Mapeza named a 30 man squad to appear for the AFCON 2022 matches. They however lost in the Group B stage matches to Senegal and Malawi 1-0 and 2-1.

Zimbabwe national football team
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The Zimbabwe National Football Team is a football club with a rich history. Established in 1965; the club has been playing for almost 58 years as of 2022. The Warriors are 6-time COSAFA champions of 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2017-2018.

Profile Summary

  • Full name: Zimbabwe National Football Team
  • Nickname: The Warriors
  • Managed by: Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA)
  • Founded: 1965
  • Colours: Green and gold
  • Federation: CAF
  • Coach: Norman Mapeza
  • Captain: Knowledge Musona
  • FIFA ranking: 121 (as of December 2021)
  • Stadium: National Sports stadium


Before 1965, Zimbabwe's national team was the Southern Rodhesia Football Team. In 1965, the reforms introduced an all-inclusive multiracial soccer team to represent the country.

Zimbabwe national football team, The Warriors
Zimbabwe national football team players; Takwara, Dube and Chimwemwe walk onto the field ahead of the Group B AFCON match between Senegal and Zimbabwe. Photo by Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP
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Zimbabwe national football team AFCON 2022

The Zimbabwe National Football team lost two matches in the Group B stage matches against Senegal and Malawi. As a result, the squad may have lost their chance to move forward. Despite that, the Warriors are looking forward to winning their next match against Guinea. The Group B match will be held on the 18th of January 2022, at 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT) at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde.

Defender Jordan Zemura expressed the team's positive spirit ahead of the upcoming match,

"We are ready to face Guinea and our main objective is to win. It is being a good experience, and personally I will leave this country with a lot of learning."
Zimbabwe National Football team, Malawi, AFCON.
The Zimbabwe national football team players break into dance after scoring a goal in the Group B match against Malawi, AFCON 2022. Photo:_@caf_online
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The Warriors' disappointment with the losses was evident when the captain, Knowledge Musoma spoke in a pre-match interview.

“The players we missed were a huge blow for us. They are players who have been a great help to us during the playoffs. We played very well against Senegal, holding them down until twenty seconds from the end. We had chances to win against Malawi, especially in the first half. So, we will try to retain the positive to get a good result against Guinea.”

Has Zimbabwe ever won the African Cup of Nations?

Zimbabwe has never won the Africa Cup of Nations. The Warriors has dropped off in the finals of the AFCON group stage in all their AFCON appearances.

Zimbabwe National football team players

Who is the Zimbabwe National Football team captain? Midfielder and striker Knowledge Musona is the current squad captain. The winner of the ABSA Premiership Top scorer, 2010/2011 made his debut in 2010 in a match between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe national football team captain, AFCON.
Knowledge Musona takes a shot at a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying round Group G football match between Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare, 2021. Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA.
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Here are the players making up the Warriors squad as of January 2022;


  • Mhari Petros - Platinum FC
  • Shumba Talbert - Free State Stars
  • Mapisa Martin - FC Zamora


  • Hadebe Tenage - Houston Dynamo
  • Mudimu Alec - Torpedo Kutaisi
  • Muduhwa Peter - Highlanders
  • Zemura Jordan - AFC Bournemouth
  • Bhasera Onismor - Supersport United
  • Kangwa Bruce - Azam
  • Chimwemwe Takudzwa - Nkana
  • Murwira Godknows - FC Platinum


  • Madzongwe Kelvin - FC Platinum
  • Takwara Gerald - Venda Football Academy
  • Kamusoko Thabani - Zesco United
  • Chiwunga Temptation - JDR Stars
  • Benyu Kundai - Vestri Ísafjördur
  • Tigere Never - Azam
  • Musona Knowledge - Al Tai


  • Muskwe Admiral - Luton Town
  • Moyo David - Hamilton Academical
  • Dube Prince - Azam
  • Wadi Ishmael - JDR Stars
  • Mutimbanyoka Panashe - FC Platinum

Who is the Zimbabwe National Football team coach?

Zimbabwe national football team coach, Norman Mapeza, AFCON
Zimbabwean football coach Norman Mapeza. Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP.
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Current coach Norman Mapeza played in the national team from 1993 to 2001. He also served as the coach/caretaker manager of the club in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2021. His appointment by ZIFA followed the exit of Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic.

Zimbabwe National Football team world rankings

The current FIFA ranking of the club's position is 121 globally with 1138.44 points. Based on the 2021 FIFA rankings, the Warriors dropped 13 places from 108 in 2020 to 121.

Zimbabwe National Football team trophies

The Warriors have defended their title as COSAFA winners by taking the championships 6 times between 2000 and 2018. The soccer club also won the CECAFA under 23 championships once in 1985.

Zimbabwe National Football team nickname

Better known as the Warriors, the soccer team has, over the years, displayed its incredible talent in both local and international tournaments.

Zimbabwe national football team, AFCON.
Zimbabwe's Marshal Munetsi vies for the ball during the FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare, 2021. Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP.
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The Zimbabwe National Football team has the potential to win more championships and climb FIFA rankings. The decline in its performance can be demotivating. However, both players and fans display deep faith in the team's ability to turn around their performance.

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Ciku Njuguna
Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.