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Warriors move one up on FIFA rankings

[Posted 12 Jan 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
The Warriors have moved just  one place up on the latest FIFA rankings.

The Zimbabwe senior national soccer side, the Warriors, have made a slight and almost insignificant move on the FIFA Men's  world soccer rankings, according to the latest edition released by FIFA this Wednesday.

The Warriors closed the year 2010 on position 119 on the world rankings, but though they did not add any point to the 264 points they closed last year with, they have moved a position up to 118th on the rankings.

Despite having beaten Mozambique 3-1 away from home, a team then ranked 96th in the world, as compared to the Warriors' then ranking of 119th, the Warriors did not make much gains from that result, possibly because the match was not played on a FIFA date.

Surprisingly, Zimbabwe's Eastern neighbours have instead moved four places up to 92nd in the world, having gained 7 points since December. It is difficult to understand how Mozambique's gains were calculated.

Malawi are ranked a rung higher than Mozambique at 91st, down from their previous position of 86th in the world.

Southern neighbours South Africa are unmoved at 51. They have neither gained nor lost any points during the period under review.

Botswana are the second highest ranked nation in the COSAFA region, despite dropping one place down to 54th.

The Zebras have had a phenomenal rise in world football recently, and are posied for probably their first ever African Nations Cup finals appearance in Equatorial Guinea/Gabon in 2012.

Two of Zimbabwe's opponents in the AFCON qualifying Group A, Mali and Cape Verde remain ranked higher than the Warriors.

Despite losing 14 points since December and slipping a rung lower to 68th in the world, Mali remain the highest ranked team in Group A, and are arguably the team to beat, despite 75th ranked Cape Verde being the early pacesetters.

The Zimbabwe Football Association will have to do much better than they have done thus far and arrange friendly matches with good opposition on FIFA sanctioned dates on time to give the Warriors good match practise.

The CHAN squad, currently in camp for the finals, is likely to go to the finals without a single international friendly match arranged. Such organisation from the national soccer mother body is pathetic to say the least.

Daggers will be out against coach Madinda Ndlovu if the local legend is to take an untested squad to the CHAN finals and fail to make an impression there. The ZIFA board will be the first to come out and talk of reviewing the coach's role in the team despite their own shenanigans.

Madinda has an almost new squad, having lost Nyasha Mushekwi, Method Mwanjali, Lionel Mtizwa, Tafadzwa Paul Rusike, Willard Katsande, Cuthbert Malajila, Oscar Machapa and others to foreign clubs during mid 2010.

Those players were the core of the team that helped Zimbabwe qualify for the finals. The least ZIFA could have done was to arrange two friendlies for the coach and the team to test some combinations.

Now Madinda and the boys will have to make do with a possible training match against the Under 23 national soccer side.

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