Zimbabwe National Team – The Warriors
Easily the number one sport in the world, the beautiful game of football, is definitely an international language. There’s obviously too many players in our country that have left their footprints on the national stage for us to mention, so we’ll mainly focus on those whose names rang across continents, overseas.
There is the unforgettable Moses Chunga: the master of the game, the magician, and the artist; one of Zimbabwe’s greatest ever midfielders. He made his name playing for Dynamos in Zimbabwe, before his big move to Eendracht Aalst in Belgium. When we say footballing legends, we are talking about players like Norman Mapeza, John Phiri, the nation’s all time goalscorer Peter Ndlovu, was one of the first Zimbabweans to play at high levels in England; and other greats you may have forgotten about. We will pay homage to the captains that led with pride, and of course the coaches. We are a nation that has definitely underperformed, underachieved on the world stage considering the talent that emerged from here, however, the proud Zimbabweans have always cheered for these warriors because we rise and fall as one. We’ll take you down memory lane to some greatest matches we were involved in, matches that saw the national team scare African giants. Remember the final game against Ghana during Egypt 96 tournament? Ghana saw a different side of the warriors, and we roared them on to the very last minute (what if we played like that all the time though huh); but it’s what makes us so unpredictable.
I wouldn’t be doing justice to football if I didn’t go on to talk about our National Sports Stadium and Rufaro Stadium, the venue where most legends defined ‘legendary’. The advantage of home ground and the pride of playing at these stadiums saw some great nations crumble. Remember Vitalis Takawira’s hat-trick against cameroon? They didn’t know we can produce such quality until they stepped on our turf.
15 June 2012: ZImbabwe (1) – (0) Burundi
03 June 2012: Zimbabwe (0) – (1) Guinea
10 June 2012: Mozambique (0) – (0) Zimbabwe
29 February 2012: Burundi (2) – (1) Zimbabwe
07 January 2012: Botswana (0) – (0) Zimbabwe
06 December 2012: Zimbabwe (0) – (1) Uganda