In the FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifier against Rwanda on Wednesday, Zimbabwe will make their FIFA comeback after a year-long ban due to government meddling.
19 teams are forbidden from holding home qualifiers in inadequate stadiums, including Zimbabwe.
Rwanda, ranked 140th in the world, is having a difficult qualifying campaign for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2023.
The Wasps’ search for a rematch in the competition continued as they played six games without winning any of them, drawing three and losing two of them to finish bottom of their group.
Here is another difficult group that Torsten Spittler’s team must negotiate.
The Warriors have only played twice since January 2022, in two friendlies in September of this year against Namibia and Botswana.Both matches finished in a draw.
Zimbabwe first drew 2-2 with Namibia before winning 5-4 on penalties. Botswana then drew 1-1 with Zimbabwe.
The stakes are high coming into Matchday One, since there are only nine group winners going to the finals and one playoff slot available.
Here is how both teams line up
Rwanda Starting XI
Zimbabwe Starting XI