Zimbabwe’s fifth COSAFA Cup success in 2017 also sees them head the all-time table for number of matches won in the Southern African championship since it was first played in 1997.
The Warriors will be defending their title in the 2018 competition in South Africa’s Limpopo province from May 27-June 9, where they can extend their record further.
Both Zimbabwe and Zambia have played 52 matches in the competition in the past, but the former lead with 33 wins to Chipolopolo’s 27. Both sides have lost just eight games in the last 21 years.
Zimbabwe are also closing in on 100 goals and are just six short, making it almost certain they will be the first side to reach that landmark in the next few years.
Zambia (76 goals) has the next highest number of goals, with Namibia (62) and South Africa (54) the only other sides to pass the half-century mark.
Zambia have also been involved in the most draws (17), while South Africa have the fewest defeats (seven) of teams that have played seven or more games.
Mozambique, Malawi and Lesotho have lost the most games (19), though the latter have the worst loss percentage as their defeats have come from just 39 games.
Zimbabwe have five titles, followed by Zambia and South Africa with four each, Angola (three) and Namibia (one).
COSAFA CUP ALL-TIME TABLE (MEMBER NATIONS ONLY)