Zimbabwe shock all by pulling out of 2017 CECAFA tournament

Zimbabwe winners of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 09 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Scent ition

Thursday Nov 30, 2017. 15:00

Despite having initially agreed to participate at the upcoming 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge, Zimbabwe has pulled out of the East African tournament.

The Warriors were set to appear at the showpiece as guests, but are not going to Kenya due to security concerns.

Zimbabwe, along with Libya, had been invited as guests for the regional event that will include defending champions Uganda, hosts Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan.


With the showpiece starting this Sunday, coach Sunday Chidzambwa had announced a squad, but the Zimbabwe Football Association felt it was not safe for the team to play in Kenya.

“Following wide-ranging consultations with all stakeholders, the Zimbabwe Football Association has resolved to withdraw its commitment to participate in the 2017 Cecafa Challenge Cup due to the security risk posed by the volatile situation in the host country, Kenya,” ZIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

On the other hand, CECAFA general secretary Nicholas Musonye confirmed they received a letter from the Southern African nation.

“Yes we have received communication from the Zimbabwe FA that they have pulled out the team,” Musonye told the BBC Sport.

Although a source close to the News Day website said the real reason for the withdrawal was because of the unavailability of funds, the FA has rubbished the claims.

Zimbabwe were set to face the Cranes of Uganda on Monday, December 4 and Musonye said they will adjust the fixtures.

He also said the tournament, set to run from 3-17 December, will go ahead.

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Zimbabwe FA president Phillip Chiyangwa desperate to befriend new President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Phillip Chiyangwa, ZIFA and COSAFA President

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 16:30

With Zimbabwe currently enjoying the media spotlight, the Zimbabwean Football Association president Philip Chiyangwa’s future is in doubt.

Media reports in the country indicate that Chiyangwa is desperate to save his political and economic empire, as it emerges that he is hunted down by the new political dispensation.

The new government led by the new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is seeking to weed out all alleged corrupt elements that had surrounded former President Robert Mugabe.

According to the News Day website, the arrest and detention of former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who appeared in court on Saturday on corruption charges, has hinted on Chiyangwa’s future.

Chiyangwa has been on a ferocious drive to try and distance himself from the people aligned to the deposed former Zanu PF leader.

In his latest bid to be acceptable to the new leadership, Chiyangwa announced that he was organising a friendly match between the Warriors and Chipolopolo of Zambia next month to celebrate Mnangagwa’s ascendancy.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association advises the nation that it has organised a celebratory international friendly match between the senior men’s teams of Zimbabwe and Zambia to mark the historic assumption of office by His Excellency, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” Chiyangwa said.

“The friendly match between the sister nations will be played on December 23, 2017 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.”

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Zambia and Zimbabwe renew rivalry in ‘celebratory’ match

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 15:00

The Chipolopolo of Zambia are set to face Zimbabwe in an international friendly as the country celebrates the new dawn in the government.

The Zimbabwean Football Association has confirmed the match is set to be a celebratory friendly on December 23 at National Sports Stadium, Harare.

Zimbabwe will celebrate their new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over from Robert Mugabe, the long serving president who held the seat for over three decades.

Furthermore, a legends match involving Zimbabwe and South Africa will curtain the international friendly.

“As the custodians of the nation’s most popular sport code, ZIFA duly appreciates the sincere call by His Excellency for every citizen regardless of political orientation, tribe, gender, colour or creed to positively contribute towards the building of our nation,” said ZIFA.

“Sports in general and football in particular are a proven catalyst for unity, peace and social cohesion.

“We are confident that the new start that the nation has been granted in the hands of His Excellency Mnangagwa will lead not only to the revival but flourishing success of sport.”

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Zimbabwe appoint Sunday Chidzambwa as coach for CECAFA tournament

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 16:30

The Zimbabwean Football Association has roped in Sunday Chidzambwa as caretaker coach for the national side for the upcoming Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) tournament.

The move comes after ZIFA accepted the invitation to play as a guest nation at this year’s edition of the CECAFA tournament to be hosted in Kenya.

Zimbabwe will join Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia for the tournament set to be staged between November 25 and December 9.

Known as ‘Mhofu’, the highly-experienced coach led Zimbabwe to their first Africa Cup of Nations qualification in 2004.

Meanwhile, he has also enjoyed considerable success in the Southern African region, winning this year’s Cosafa Cup hosted in South Africa in July.

The ZPC Kariba coach will be looking to further enhance his already impressive CV when he leads the team at the tournament.

Although he faces player availability challenges, Chidzambwa will have to pick his squad before the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League programme finishes.

However, by the time the last round of matches are played, the Warriors will already be in Kenya which means some clubs may not be able to release their players.

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SuperSport United’s Kaitano Tembo to play for Zimbabwe against Barcelona legends

Kaitano Tembo assistant coach of Supersport United

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 18:30

The Zimbabwean Football Association has released a squad of 33 legends that will play against the Barcelona Legends at the National Sports Stadium in an international exhibition match on Sunday.

Ex-players such as the 1980 Soccer Star of the Year, David Mandigora and Rahman Gumbo will be assistants to coach Sunday Chidzambwa.


On the other hand, Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Walter Magaya has been named as the chief liaison officer while Ernest Maphepha Sibanda will be the team manager.

Apart from the technical team, legends such as ex-Warriors captains in Peter Ndlovu and Benjani Mwaruwari, who both had lengthy spells in England, are part of the squad.

South African-based legend with SuperSport United, Kaitano Tembo and former goalkeepers Japhet Muparutsa and Muzondiwa Mugadza will also feature in the encounter.

Media reports indicate that the match is organised by ZIFA and the Sports Ministry, and is aimed at marketing Zimbabwe as a perfect tourist destination.

Meanwhile, the Blaugrana legends will bring former Brazil strikers Rivaldo and Ronaldinho as well as former Holland forward Patrick Kluivert.

Ex-Portugal midfielder in Deco and Spain’s Gazika Mandietta are also in the squad.

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Sunday Chidzambwa staying on as Zimbabwe coach

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 09:00

Zimbabwe is set to retain the services of coach Sunday Chidzambwa for their upcoming two international friendly matches against Lesotho and Namibia.

The Warriors are set to meet the Likoena and the Brave Warriors during the FIFA break next month, but ZIFA is yet to announce the move.

On the other hand, the team is also set to play in the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) Challenge Cup set for Kenya at the end of November.

Chidzambwa took over the national team for the COSAFA Cup in South Africa where they won the tournament.


However, ZIFA extended his mandate as a reward for winning the regional tournament when his interim tenure was extended for the 2018 African Nations Championship Qualifiers.

ZIFA’s Xolisani Gwesela told News Day Sport they will announce the Warriors coach for the three assignments this week.

“We will advise by the end of this week,” Gwesela said.

However, a source confided that the ZIFA leadership has once again picked Chidzambwa for the team’s next matches.

“Sunday will continue with his role and they have already contacted him. Negotiations have started and I don’t think he will turn down the offer,” adds a source.

“They want to retain the technical team that won the Cosafa tournament and that shouldn’t be a problem because they have worked well.”

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Chidzambwa quits as ZPC Kariba coach in Zimbabwe

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 10:30

ZPC Kariba FC coach, Sunday Chidzambwa has revealed that he will quit his coaching job at the end of December 2017.

Media reports in Zimbabwe indicate that Chidzambwa dropped a bombshell on Wednesday that he will quit at the end of the Zimbabwean Castle Lager Premiership season.

The coach announced the move after watching his side lose 2-0 to Ngezi Platinum Stars at home, saying he has failed the team’s management.


“I have failed the Kariba community and my employer. It’s an honourable thing for me to quit now, but I will see out my contract by end of December” he said to the News Day website.

Kariba suffered their first home defeat to a fired-up Ngezi side that is gunning for their first league title since they were promoted into the top-flight division.

The victory has elevated coach Tonderai Ndiraya’s Ngezi to the top of the table as he expressed delight in the victory.

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Zimbawe Women’s coach wants more international matches – African Football – Zimbabwe

Sithethelelwe Sibanda, coach of Zimbabwe during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship Semifinal football match between Kenya and Zimbabwe at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 11:30

Zimbabwean women’s national team coach, Sithethelelwe Sibanda has called on the Zimbabwean Football Association to give her team more games.

The Mighty Warriors coach was speaking after their 2017 COSAFA Cup final loss to South Africa on penalties at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Sibanda took the reins from coach Shadreck Mlauzi and says playing in the local league is not enough for the players in the national team.

“Mental strength is developed from somewhere. These matches are not like any other match like playing for a club locally,” she said to the News Day website.

“It is an international match, where a lot of mental strength is required.

“I would say, in future, getting our players involved in international matches would develop their mental strength and not just to prepare specifically for the tournament only and then from there we regroup again for the next tournament.

“Just keeping the players active and getting that international exposure will improve a lot of things, match fitness and stuff like that.”

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Zimbabwe coach reacts after COSAFA Women’s draw

Immaculate Msipa of Zimbabwe (women)

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 11:00

Zimbabwean Women’s national team coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda says they are prepared to take on any team at the COSAFA Women’s Championship in Bulawayo.

The Mighty Warriors manager was speaking after the COSAFA Women’s draw as they will meet old rivals Zambia in a draw that was conducted in Johannesburgon Wednesday.

Zimbabwe and Zambia will be joined by Madagascar and Malawi in Group A in what is likely to be a tightly-contested group.

The tournament is set to run from September 13 to 24 in Bulawayo.

On the other hand, Group B sees East African guest nation, Kenya taking on Mauritius, Mozambique and Swaziland.

Meanwhile, three-time champions South Africa are up against Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana in Group C.

Sibanda said they don’t want to put themselves under unnecessary pressure, insisting they will take each game as it comes.

“We don’t want to put ourselves under any pressure, this is a different year, it’s the same tournament, yes, but it’s been some years since it’s been played, so we just want to take each game as it comes,” said Sibanda.

“But obviously we would want to do our best in this tournament and possibly go all the way to the finals.

“We have played Zambia several times and they are a very good team. Malawi, I think, it’s been quite a few years since they last participated in the COSAFA tournament but I believe they are also a good team.

“Teams have developed because people are really putting much into women’s football development so we are expecting tough matches and we are equally going to prepare for those matches.”

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Barcelona legends and Zimbabwe to clash in November – African Football

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 12:00

Latest information from Zimbabwe is that the country’s ministry of Sport and Recreation, ZIFA and private players are working on a funding structure that will bring Barcelona Legends to the country.

The Blaugrana legends are set to play the Warriors in the first week of November as it is reported that Barcelona Legends captain, Patrick Kluivert and the team’s representative Rayco Garcia got the nod from the Government to stage the match.

Reports indicate that the former players, together with former Barca and Juventus midfielder, Edgar Davids arrived in the country on last week.

The duo met vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday at his offices and presented Barcelona shirts for the first family.

On Saturday they had a chance to meet President Mugabe in Gwanda when they attended the Presidential Youth interface rally.

According to All Africa Sports website, Sport and Recreation Minister, Makhosini Hlongwane said they have tied up all loose ends of the deal with the Barcelona Legends.

Hlongwane added that the match would be staged in the first week of November, and as part of promoting the game, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho would be coming in September.

“We will work on a structure to cater for the costs. The minister is working on the funding structure for the match, working with ZIFA, private players and the legends,” Hlongwane.

“We agreed to mount a series of promotional events to promote the match before it happens. As part of those events to promote the game, Ronaldinho will be coming in September.

“We agreed on a tournament between Barcelona Legends and the Warriors, the first week of November in Harare.

“ZIFA will guide us on which team will play on the day. They are responsible for the technical side of the game.

“The Minister said the tour by the legends is part of Sports Commission policy which has a key component of sports diplomacy.”

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Ghana, Zimbabwe and Namibia players on trial with Mbabane Swallows

Sabelo Wilson Ndzinisa of Mbabane Swallows and Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Platinum Stars and Mbabane Swallows on the 08 July 2017 at Moruleng Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 11:00

Information coming from Swaziland is that Mbabane Swallows have invited Ghana, Zimbabwe and Namibia players for trials.

The Birds are currently assessing Ghanaian midfielder Mahmoud Sliman, Zimbabwean centre-back Charles Muteri and a Namibian forward known as Ronald.

Media reports in the country indicate that the side is preparing to travel to South Africa to take part in the Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup in Ulundi.


On the other hand, Isihlangu Semnikati striker Felix Badenhorst is also training with the team as he wants to return to the side.

Badenhorst wants to leave DRC giants AS Vita as he publicly stated his unhappiness in the country citing unfavourable conditions in the war-torn capital city Kinshasa.

The club’s general manager Sandile Zwane confirmed the presence of the three international trialists being assessed at the club.

“We have invited them for trials and it is not like they just came for themselves. We are cognisant of the tight schedule we have this season and from the lessons we got playing in Africa, we have since realised that we need to have a well-balanced team,” said Zwane.

Despite failing to reach the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, Swallows have recently signed Ndumiso Ndaba and Simanga Shongwe of Mbabane Midas City.

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Ricardo Mannetti credits his players’ mentality following win over Zimbabwe – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 13:00

In the wake of their win over Zimbabwe during their 2018 CAF Africa Nations Championships second leg qualifier, Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti has hailed the mentality of his players.

The Brave Warriors headed to Harare at the back of their 1-0 win in Windhoek last week and were hoping to finish the job.

Although the two nations played to a 1-1 draw in the regulation time in Harare, Namibia edged their hosts 5-4 on penalties on Sunday.

“We played a very good Zimbabwe team that was in a great shape than us but our hunger was stronger than them,” said Mannetti.


“The mentality have won us this round. We wanted it more than them. The boys defended well, created chances and that was very brave of them.

“When Immanuel scored that penalty we could not contain ourselves. We are enjoying the moment and we will go for dinner at High Commissioner Residence and we will enjoy ourselves.”

Meanwhile, reports in the country reveal that the Brave Warriors are set to return home on Monday and will prepare to travel to Comoros for their next CHAN qualifier on August 11.

The second meeting will be staged in Windhoek eight days later and the winner will qualify to the 2018 CHAN to be held in Kenya.

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Namibia sneak past Zimbabwe in CHAN qualifiers

Romeo Barra of Seychelles challenges by Prince Dube Mpumelelo of Zimbabwe during the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zimbabwe and Seychelles at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 30 June 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Sunday Jul 23, 2017. 17:34

Namibia sneaked into the final round of qualifying for the 2018 African Nations Championship after beating Zimbabwe 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after their two legged qualifier finished 1-1 on aggregate.

The first leg between the two nations ended 1-0 in favour of Namibia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek last weekend thanks to a goal from Hendrik Somaeb.

On Sunday, July 23 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe managed to run out 1-0 winners thanks to a strike from Prince Dube, leaving the aggregate score 1-1 after two legs.

This resulted in the two nations going into a penalty shoot-out to decide who would progress to the next stage of qualifiers – Namibia showed nerves of steel to win 5-4 on penalties.

Namibia will now face either Comoros in the final phase of qualification to reach CHAN 2018 in Kenya.

Comoros progressed to the final round of CHAN qualifying following a 2-1 aggregate win over Lesotho on Sunday.

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Zimbabwe to miss Baroka-bound Chawapiwa for CHAN qualifier – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 15:30

After completing his switch to the South African Premier Soccer League side, Baroka FC, Zimbabwean winger Talent Chawapiwa might not play for the Warriors this Sunday.

Zimbabwe are set to host Namibia in the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship qualifier, but could be without the winger.

It is reported that Chawapiwa is busy sorting out his papers before becoming a Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele player.

The winger signed for Baroka last week, but went on to represent Zimbabwe on Sunday in Windhoek in their 1-0 loss to the Brave Warriors.

However, it appears that the process to finalise his papers has begun and the player spent the better part of the day at the immigration offices on Wednesday.

According to the team manager, Wellington Mupandare, he said Chawapiwa is busy with his passport which was due to expire in December.

“Chawapiwa is sorting out his passport, which is due to expire in December. We understand it’s part of the process for him to officially become a Baroka FC player,” said Mupandare to the News Day website.

“So we can’t say much about his chances of playing on Sunday. But as far as we are concerned, he is still an FC Platinum player. We don’t know what deal has been struck between FC Platinum and Baroka FC.”

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Zimbabwe eye redemption in Harare

John Takwara of Zimbabwe challenged by Tsoanelo Koetle of Lesotho during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Lesotho and Zimbabwe at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 14:00

Zimbabwe will be eager to set the record straight when the welcome Namibia to the National Sports Stadium in a second leg, second round 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Southern Zone qualifier on Sunday.

Kick-off in Harare is scheduled for 15h00 CAT.

Hendrik Somaeb scored the only goal of the game as Namibia recorded a 1-0 victory over the Warriors at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek last week.

The Brave Warriors, though, can expect a different sort of game in the Zimbabwean capital as the hosts set their sights on a fifth successive CHAN Tournament, having recently claimed the 2017 COSAFA Cup title.

Thulani Sibandze of Swaziland will officiate the clash.

The aggregate winners will take on either Comoros or Lesotho in the final qualifying phase.

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Ricardo Mannetti wary of Zimbabwe in Harare

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 15:00

Namibia national team coach Ricardo Mannetti says he is content with their 1-0 win over Zimbabwe and couldn’t ask for more.

A solitary goal through Hendrick Somaeb ensured the Brave Warriors claimed a win in the first leg of their 2018 CAF Africa Championships qualifier this past Sunday.

Although the hosts will travel to Harare and honour the second leg this weekend, Mannetti remains wary of the dangers his counterparts possess.

“I can’t be greedy and ask for more. This victory was long overdue and when Somaeb scored, I prayed and hoped that Zimbabwe don’t spoil the brilliant goal and the memorable occasion for all of us,” said the coach.

“We played well and got the result, we now have to prepare for the second leg and again we remain underdogs and have to play above ourselves again like we did today.

“They will be at home and have depth and we have to counter that.”

Speaking after the win, skipper Ronald Ketjijere emphasised on the need to prepare for the tough encounter as he praised goalkeeper, Lodyt Kazapua.

“We played against giants today and after a very tough first half we had to keep the ball down and play on their ground and in the end we got the goal and now the second half will be a different game and we remain committed,” said the skipper.

“Our goalkeeper really kept us in the game and the support from the public today was exceptional as well and I thank everyone for coming today and means a lot to us.”

Namibia and Zimbabwe will renew their rivalry on Sunday, 23 July at the Harare Sports Stadium for the second leg and the winner will face either Comoros or Lesotho in the third and final round to Kenya 2018.

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Namibia down Zimbabwe – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Hendrik Somaeb of Namibia

Brian Lee

Sunday Jul 16, 2017. 18:52

Namibia beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in their first leg of their 2018 African Championships qualifier at the Sam Nujoma stadium on Sunday.

The opening half produced very little in terms of goalmouth action with both countries squandering possession in the final third.

The only goal of the match came five minutes into the second half when Hendrik Somaeb found the back of the net for Namibia, 1-0.

Zimbabwe tried to get back into the game after going behind, but the home team defended stoutly to hold onto their slight advantage going into the second leg.

The second leg will take place next week in Harare on July 23 with Zimbabwe having to score at least a goal to stand any chance of reaching CHAN 2018 in Kenya.

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Zimbabwe out to stun Namibia in CHAN qualifier

Talent Chawapiwa of Zimbabwe celebrates a goal with teammates during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 09 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 15:30

Zimbabwe will hope to continue with their fine form when they meet Namibia in the 2018 CAF African Championships qualifier on Sunday.

The Warriors are fresh from their 2017 COSAFA Cup glory and will now target continuity to beat the Brave Warriors.

Although facing the Namibians away will present challenges, coach Rahman Gumbo will be staked with leading the side and get their campaign off on a high en route to Kenya next year.

Zimbabwe are fresh from a 3-1 win over Zambia in the COSAFA final hosted in South Africa and are the new regional champions.

On the other hand, Ricardo Manetti’s side did not done well in the regional tournament in Rustenburg and he will want to see a better showing from his men.

They lost to Lesotho and South Africa in the COSAFA tournament, but beat Swaziland.

In two countries previous two meetings, Zimbabwe claimed two wins – a 3-2 win and 2-0 victory.

The encounter will be staged at 16:00 (CAT) at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and the second leg will be staged next weekend, 23 July in Harare.

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Zimbabwe crowned 2017 COSAFA Cup champions

Talent Chawapiwa of Zimbabwe celebrates a goal with teammates during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 09 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 17:06

Zimbabwe defeated Zambia 3-1 in the 2017 COSAFA Cup final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on Sunday.

The Warriors were then crowned COSAFA Cup champions – lifting the trophy for a record fifth time.

Sunday Chidzambwa, the Zimbabwe mentor, also became the first coach to win the COSAFA Cup for the third time – having also won it 2003 and 2009.

Chipolopolo started brightly as Jack Chirwa forced Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova into a brilliant finger-tipping save 10 minutes into the game.

Allan Chibwe, the Zambia keeper, was called into action for the first time four minutes later and he gathered Warriors full-back Eric Chipeta’s cross with ease.

However, the Chipolopolo shot-stopper, was beaten in the 22nd minute after he failed to handle a long ball from Zimbabwe left-back Honest Moyo.

Warriors striker Knox Mutizwa pounced and he headed home to make it 1-0 to Zimbabwe – benefiting from Chibwe’s poor goalkeeping.

The momentum was with Zimbabwe and Chibwe denied Mutizwa with a great save on the half-hour mark as the striker searched for his sixth goal of the tournament.

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda made a change in the 38th minute as Lubinda Mundia replaced injured Mike Katiba as Chipolopolo looked to restore parity.

Mundia made an immediate impact as he headed home Mwila Phiri’s cross in the 39th minute to ensure that the first-half ended with Zambia and Zimbabwe locked at 1-1.

The Warriors were the better side in the first 15 minutes of the second-half with Chibwe being forced to deny Mutizwa from a one-on-one situation.

But the Power Dynamos keeper was then beaten for the second time in the game after Mutizwa’s header had hit the upright in the 56th minute.

The rebound was fired home by Talent Chawapiwa with his left foot – to make it 2-1 to Zimbabwe – restoring the Warriors’ lead in the process.

The Warriors looked dangerous each time they pushed forward and Ocean Mushure extended their lead with a right-footed shot to make it 3-1 to Zimbabwe in the 67th minute.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages of the match as Zambia searched for late goals, while Zimbabwe looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

Chigova produced a magnificent one-handed save to deny Godfrey Ngwenya in the 90th minute and ultimately, Zimbabwe ran out 3-1 winners.

Zambia (1) 1 (Mundia 39′)

Zimbabwe (1) 3 (Mutizwa 22′, Chawapiwa 56′, Mushure 67′)

Zambia XI: Chibwe, Phiri (Ngwenya 70′), Chama, Chungu (Muchindu 64′) Shonga, Malama, Katiba (Mundia 39′), Chirwa, Mulenga, Shamujomba, Mwila.

Zimbabwe XI: Chigova, Mushure, Chipeta, Chawapiwa (Katsvairo 81′), Tigere, Takwara, Karuru, Homora, Mutizwa, Moyo, Chakoroma.

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COSAFA Final: Zambia 1-3 Zimbabwe – As It Happened

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 15:04

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 COSAFA Cup final between Zambia and Zimbabwe at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on Sunday.

Line ups:

Zambia XI: Chibwe, Phiri, Chama, Chungu, Shonga, Malama, Katiba, Chirwa, Mulenga, Shamujomba, Mwila.

Zimbabwe XI: Chigova, Mushure, Chipeta, Chawapiwa, Tigere, Takwara, Karuru, Homora, Mutizwa, Moyo, Chakoroma.


Congratulations to Zimbabwe, who are the 2017 COSAFA Cup champions – winning the trophy for a record fifth time.

FULL-TIME: Zambia 1-3 Zimbabwe.

90′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

85′ – Five minutes left for Zambia to snatch two late goals to ensure that the game goes into extra-time.

81′ – Zimbabwe sub: Katsvairo IN, Chawapiwa OUT.

80′ – Zambia keeper Chibwe pushes the ball away as Zimbabwe look to extend their lead from a corner-kick in the closing stages of the match.

75′ – Zambia are attacking in numbers, but Zimbabwe are looking dangerous on the counter-attack. End-to-end stuff here in Rustenburg.

70′ – Zambia sub: Ngwenya IN, Phiri OUT.

67′ – GOAL! Zambia 1-3 Zimbabwe. Mushure, who is left-footed, fires home with his weaker from just inside the Zambia box.

65′ Zambia sub: Muchindu IN, Chungu OUT.

60′ – Zimbabwe are leading 2-1 as we reach the hour-mark here in Rustenburg.

55′ – GOAL! Zambia 1-2 Zimbabwe. Mutizwa hits the upright with a header and Chawapiwa scores from the rebound to restore his side’s lead.

50′ – GREAT SAVE! Zambia keeper Chibwe makes a great save to deny Zambia striker Mutizwa from a one-on-one situation following Mulenga’s mistake in the middle of the park.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Zambia 1-1 Zimbabwe.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – Chipeta’s free-kick from a promising area is blocked inside the Zambia box as Zimbabwe look to respond with a goal.

39′ – GOAL! Zambia 1-1 Zimbabwe. Mundia makes an immediate impact as he heads home from Phiri’s cross.

38′ – Zambia sub: Mundia IN, Katiba OUT.

35′ – The momentum is with Zimbabwe as Zambia keeper Chibwe makes a good save to deny Mutizwa, before Mushure’s free-kick goes just over the crossbar.

30′ – Zimbabwe are still leading 1-0 as we reach the half-hour mark here in Rustenburg.

25′ – CHANCE! Mwila has a chance to restore parity for Zambia, but the forward fails to connect with a cross from the left – with Zimbabwe keeper Chigova rooted to the ground.

22′ GOAL! Zambia 0-1 Zimbabwe. Mutizwa heads home from close range after Zambia keeper Chibwe fails to handle the ball.

20′ – Zambia and Zimbabwe (along with South Africa) have won the COSAFA Cup trophy four times and today’s winner will become the most successful country with five titles.

15′ – Zambia keeper Chibwe is called into action for the first time this afternoon and he gathers Zimbabwe right-back Chipeta’s cross from the right with ease.

10′ – GREAT SAVE! Zambia combine nicely on the edge of the Zimbabwe box and Chirwa forces goalkeeper Chigova into a great finger-tipping save.

5′ – Early free-kick for Zambia and Shonga fires wide of the target from the set-piece.

1′ – The match is underway.

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Zambia and Zimbabwe look to make history

Brian Mwila of Zambia challenged by Banda Abdi of Tanzania during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 07, 2017. 14:00

Zambia will face off with Zimbabwe in the 2017 COSAFA Cup final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

Chipolopolo overcame Tanzania 4-2 in their semi-final encounter which was played at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Wednesday.

Zambia did not take part in the group stages of this year’s tournament and they defeated Botswana 2-1 in order to reach semi-finals.

Wedson Nyirenda, the Chipolopolo coach, will be hoping to mastermind a win for his side and clinch their fifth COSAFA Cup trophy – their first since 2013.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe beat a stubborn Lesotho side 4-3 in their semi-final match which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Wednesday.

The Warriors reached the knockout stages after winning Group B. They went on to overcome Swaziland 2-1 in their quarter-final clash.

Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa, who has already won two COSAFA Cup trophies with his side, will be looking to guide his side to their fifth COSAFA Cup title – their first since 2009.

Justin Shonga, who has three goals in this year’s tournament, is Zambia’s key player. Zimbabwe’s dangerman Ovidy Karuru is the top goalscorer with six goals.

The winner between Zambia and Zimbabwe will clinch their fifth title – becoming the most decorated country in COSAFA Cup history in the process.

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Seychelles out to shock Zimbabwe – 2017 COSAFA Cup

Liberty Chakoroma of Zimbabwe challenged by Andriamirado Andrianarimanana during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zimbabwe and Madagascar at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 28 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 10:30

Zimbabwe and Seychelles will meet in the 2017 COSAFA Cup Group B match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on Friday.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

The Warriors were held to a goalless stalemate by Madagascar in their previous group match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

The draw sees Zimbabwe remain at the top of Group B standings with four points. They are only ahead of second-placed Madagascar on goal difference.

Ovidy Karuru, who scored twice against Mozambique in Zimbabwe’s first match, is the dangerman for the Sunday Chidzambwa-coached side.

Meanwhile, Seychelles were defeated 2-1 by Mozambique in their previous group match which was played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

The defeat left the Pirates placed fourth on the Group B standings without a single point. They have already been eliminated from the competition.

Rodney Choisy, the Seychelles coach, will look to Bertrand Esther, who plays for St Louis and he is one of the senior players in the Pirates squad.

A victory over Seychelles will see Zimbabwe advance to the quarter-finals as the Group B winners.

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Zimbabwe held goalless by Madagascar

Liberty Chakoroma of Zimbabwe challenged by Andriamirado Andrianarimanana of Madagascar during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zimbabwe and Madagascar at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 28 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017. 18:57

Zimbabwe were held to a goalless draw by Madagascar in a Cosafa Cup clash at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result sees the teams locked at four points apiece at the top of Group B, with the Warriors leading on goal difference. Both Seychelles and Mozambique will hope to make up ground when they play the other pool match later on Wednesday.

The opening 20 minutes of play produced no attacking play of note, with both teams settling into the match and finding their rhythm in front of a sparse crowd at the venue.

Zimbabwe’s first clear chance arrived in the 21st minute as Blessing Majarira sprung the offside trap and drew goalkeeper Leda off his line, only to put his effort from a tight angle into the side netting.

Had Majarira held his composure and squared the ball across the penalty area instead, his teammate Leeroy Mavunga would have had a tap-in.

Madagascar made few chances in the first half, though on 28 minutes they threatened through Tantely – he looked to pick out Boura from out wide, only for the striker to miss out under pressure from the Warriors’ defence.

Zimbabwe made two changes at the start of the second half, introducing Bruce Homora and Knox Mutizwa off the bench to replace Jameson Mukombwe and Majarira respectively.

Yet it was Club M who created the first chance after the restart, with more good work from Tantely to provide a cross for Rinjala, but the attacker put his shot from a tight angle over the target.

On 53 minutes Zimbabwe created a great chance when a cross from the left flank picked out an unmarked Ovidy Karuru in the middle, but his diving header was brilliantly saved with his feet by goalkeeper Leda.

Openings were then few and far between until the 77th minute, when Madagascar substitute Bila made an immediate impact with an awkward shot which forced George Chigova into a good save.

The Warriors were unlucky not be awarded two penalties in the dying minutes, with substitute Raphael Manuvire and Karuru both clearly upended in the box, but referee Joshua Bondo twice waved away their appeals.

The teams will wrap up their Group B campaign with the final round of matches on Friday: Madagascar will battle Mozambique at Moruleng Stadium, while Zimbabwe face Seychelles at Royal Bafokeng.

Zimbabwe 0

Madagascar 0

Zimbabwe: Chigova, Mukombwe (Homora 46’), Tigere, Chipeta, Mushure, Takwara, Chakoroma, Karuru, Chawapiwa (Manuvire 80’), Majarira (Mutizwa 46’), Mavunga

Madagascar: Leda, Tobisoa, Johny, Andoniania, Tantely, Ando, Lolode, Rinjala (Baggio 88’), Dax, Boura (Bila 76’), Nono (Bela 66’)

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Mozambique, Zimbabwe meet in potential Group B decider

Junior Yunus Santamu of Uganda tackled by Eric Chipeta of Zimbabwe

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 09:30

Mozambique and Zimbabwe will meet in the opening Group B clash in the 2017 Cosafa Cup on Monday 26 June at Moruleng Stadium, kick-off at 17h00 CAT.

With minnows Madagascar and Seychelles the other two teams in the pool, this clash between the Mambas and the Warriors is seen as a key clash in deciding who will top the pool and advance to the quarterfinals.

Mozambique have never won the Cosafa Cup, but they have been runners-up twice (2008 & 2015). In last year’s tournament in Namibia they were beaten 1-0 in the quarterfinals by guest side DR Congo and went on to lose 3-0 at the hands of the hosts in the Plate semifinals.

Zimbabwe are tied with Zambia and South Africa as the Cosafa Cup’s most successful side, having won the competition four times (2000, 2003, 2005 & 2009).

In the 2016 edition of the tournament they were surprisingly ousted in the group stage when they finished behind Swaziland and failed to progress to the knockout stages – this despite not losing any of their three matches.

Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa has named a strong squad which includes South African-based stars such as George Chigova, Eric Chipeta, Mitchell Katsvairo and the exciting Knox Mutizwa, as well as players from the country’s domestic league.

Zimbabwe and Mozambique have met in three previous Cosafa Cup clashes, with the Warriors claiming victory in all of them and scoring seven goals without reply.

The other Group B match at Moruleng Stadium on Monday sees Madagascar take on Seychelles at 19h30 CAT.

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AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia – As it happened

Sunday Jun 11, 2017. 14:37

Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Zimbabwe and Liberia from the National Sports Stadium in Harare, on Sunday 11 June 2017.

Zimbabwe: Chigova, Chipeta, Bhasera, Jaure, Hadebe, Nakamba, Phiri, Mahachi, Musona, Rusike, Ndoro


Full time in Harare: Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia

90′ Chigova collects a dangerous ball into the box. He has been on a holiday, Liberia have failed to give hi tough times

87′ Zimbabwe sub: Karuru on for Mahachi

85′ Zimbabwe knocking the ball around comfortably as the visitors are chasing shadows. Zimbabwe 3-0 Liberia

80′ Excellent save by Desouza to deny Kamusoko from close range. What a save by the Liberian keeper.

75′ Musona continued to trouble the Liberians as he hits the woodwork trying to chip Desouza away from his line.

70′ Zimbabwe sub: E. Rusike for Ndoro

70′ Zimbabwe are enjoying the ball possession, good passes and understanding. Mahachi offside.

GOAL- Musona scores again to make it 3-0 in the 63rd minute. He bags his hat-trick as he converts Partson Jaure’s cross from the left wing.

61′ Yellow card for Nyumah after a dangerous tackle on Nakamba.

60′ Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia: Another set piece for the visitors on the edge of the box, but the referee sees an offside as Chigova parries the ball away.

57′ Sub for Liberia: Krangar and Paye off

55′ Chipeta misses a free header after Musona delivered a great cross from a short corner.

51′ GOAL – Musona bags his brace in the 51st minute after receiving a perfect cross from Mahachi on the right flank. Zimbabwe 2-0 Liberia.

50′ Liberia pushing to get an equaliser, but they fail to get something out of their set piece on the edge of the area.

46′ Second half starts.

46′ First half comes to an end. Zimbabwe 1-0 Liberia

45′ Liberia nearly silenced the crowds when Nimely failed to capitalise on a defensive error, his curler missed the left post.

40′ Mahachi rattles the cross bar after a beautiful set piece with his right foot.

40′ Zimbabwe still chasing for another goal and Musona fouled by Marcus Macauley on the edge of the area.

35′ Tendai Ndoro sees his great header going wide off the far posts resulting from a corner, with Desouza beaten.

31′ Liberia receive a free kick in a goo area in Zimbabwe’s half and Chipeta is the guilty party. Macauley sees his attempt off target.

25′ GOAL – Musona breaks the deadlock when he catches the Lone Stars’ defence sleeping from a Danny Phiri pass. 1-0 to the Warriors.

20′ Liberian side now settling down in the match, good touches in the middle of the park. They receive a free kick in their own half.

15′ Liberia struggling to hold on to the ball, they lose possession easily to their hosts. No golas after 15 minutes.

10′ Musona shows his quality in the box, beats his marker and takes a shot which deflects off the defender’s hand, but a penalty is not given.

05′ Liberia showing good signs of dominance in the early stages of the match. Zimbabwe now attacking, the visitors stable at the back.

01′ We are underway in Harare

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