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Zimbabwe goes up Fifa rankings again!

[Posted 03 Oct 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Zimbabwe goes up Fifa rankings again!
The Zimbabwe senior national soccer team made yet another huge climb up the Fifa/Coca-Cola World rankings, moving nine places to now sit on position 89 on the latest rankings released on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe's victory against Angola saw them jump nine places to and gaining 58 points from the 358 they amassed during the previous ranking to have 396 and slip back into the top 90 teams in the world.

The Warriors roared to a 3-1 victory at home against Angola in a penultimate AFCON 2013 qualifier first leg match at Rufaro stadium, a result which did not only please its legion of fans at home, but caught even the most fanatic of fans by surprise given the chaotic preparations of the team and the absence of many of Zimbabwe's top players.

Players who have been previously called and have made the first team in the recent past such as Knowledge Musona, Tinashe Nengomasha, Nyasha Mushekwi, Thomas Sweswe, Willard Katsande, Edward Sadomba, Ovidy Karuru, Mike Temwanjira, Musa Mguni, Gilbert Mapemba, Jimmy Jambo, Washington Arubi, Lionel Mtizwa, Daniel Veremu and Method Mwanjali were not available for selection for one reason or the other.

That list is a full team and an almost complete substitute bench. With such gaps, very few people gave Rahman Gumbo and his boys little chance against Angola who have been present at the past four or five AFCON finals.

Yet the absence of the cream of Zimbabwean football gave an opportunity for new heroes to be born in a single match. Khama Billiat and Archford Gutu made the most of the opportunity, scoring goals to help the cause of the Warriors on the day.

In the absence of trusted central defence of Mwanjali/Sweswe or Veremu, Gumbo played with Esrom Nyandoro who has been converted into a defender to partner new Warriors central defender Carlington Nyadombo, while a midfield which lacked Nengomasha/Katsande/Karuru had the likes of Gutu, Billiat and the versatile Vusa Nyoni.

A morale boosting 3-1 result was achieved and a nine place rise on Fifa rankings. Zimbabwe needs to get  a result in Luanda or the worst defeat by a single goal to make sure of their place at South Africa 2013.

Back to the rankings: Central African republic have achieved their best ever ranking, making a giant leap of 15 places to now sit on 49th position! Not to be outdone, Cape Verde Islands have also hit their best position ever, leaping 14 places to become the 51st best in the world.

Ivory Coast remains the highest ranked African nation at 16th place, followed by Algeria (24th), Mali (27th), Ghana (31st), Egypt (40th), Zambia (41st),  Tunisia (45th), Gabon (47th), with CAR and Cape Verde, that completes Africa's top ten.

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