Warriors move one place up on FIFA rankings

Despite losing two international friendly matches against Lesotho and Namibia, Zimbabwe’s senior national football team, the Warriors, climbed one place up on the FIFA rankings.

By SportBrief Reporter

The warriors played Lesotho early this month and lost by a goal to nil before a 3:1 humiliation to Namibia. Despite the two losses, the warriors moved to number 103 on FIFA rankings, recording a one-step positive against their previous ranking, 104 in October.

They are on position 25 in Africa.

Senegal replaced Tunisia as the highest ranked African country after jumping to their highest ever position of 23rd overall following their two wins over South Africa.

Tunisia, who also booked their 2018 World Cup ticket during the latest international break, are the second highest ranked team on the continent, and climbed one spot up to 27th position in the overall ranking.

Egypt follows in third position on the continent, and sit in 31st spot overall. DR Congo (36) and Morocco (40) complete Africa’s top five, while Burkina Faso climbed to sixth place in Africa and 44th overall.

AFCON champions Cameroon dropped to seventh spot on the continent and 45th overall after failing to book their 2018 World Cup ticket.

Somewhat surprisingly, Nigeria dropped down in the ranking by nine places and now sit in 50th position overall and eighth on the continent, despite a superb 4-2 win over Argentina in their latest friendly.

Ghana (51) and Ivory Coast (61) complete the 10 highest ranked nations in Africa, while Stuart Baxter’s Bafana dropped further down the ranking following their two defeats against Senegal.

Meanwhile defending champions Germany Defending champion Germany leads an unchanged top five ahead of Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Belgium. Spain is up two places to No. 6 while Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile make up the rest of the top ten.

The Warriors are scheduled to take part in the 2017 CECAFA Cup which is an international football competition consisting of the national teams of member nations of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA). The tournament will take commence in Kenya in December 2017.

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