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Where is Zimbabwe

Enock Muchinjo/Zimbabwe Independent/Twenty Ten

Author: Enock Muchinjo
Source: Zimbabwe Independent
Agency: Twenty Ten
Headline: Where is Zimbabwe on the world football map?
Date: 2009/10/23
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Article Synopsis: Football in Zimbabwe remains a passion for many inside the troubled southern African country. But many years of underachievement mean the country’s name and football are not synonymous on the global stage.
Opening paragraph: To a die-hard Zimbabwean football fan, it’s a mystery that the country is still regarded as a nonentity in international football circles.
Keywords: Zimbabwean football
Language: English
Text: Like in most African countries, football in Zimbabwe is the number one sport, supported with great passion and played throughout the country. But the sport’s development has been hampered by a series of internal squabbles in the administration, gross incompetence and meddling in the running of the sport by politicians. Countries like South Africa, whose first international match after sporting sanctions were lifted, was a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of the Zimbabwe national team in 1992, have taken huge strides in the game and even won an African Nations Cup.

But where is Zimbabwe really on the world football map?

The Southern African country, with a population of about 12 million, has churned out some talented players like Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar and the highly talented Peter Ndlovu. Both Grobbelaar and Ndlovu were the only Zimbabweans to have played in the English Premier League before current national team captain Benjani Mwaruwari. The trio of Grobbelaar, Ndlovu and Mwaruwari hail from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, which prides itself in being the home...

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