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Zim goes up in FIFA rankings, but...

[Posted 03 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors have slightly moved in FIFA rankings

Zimbabwe's Senior national soccer team, the Warriors, have made gains in the latest FIFA rankings released on Wednesday, moving five places to now sit at 113th, but it is still not good enough for a country that was ranked the 40th best in the world in 1995.

FIFA released the latest rankings yesterday, which saw some mixed fortunes among African soccer playing nations.

Zimbabwe gained 18 points since the last release in January of the official rankings by the world soccer mother body.

The Warriors are now ranked 28th best in Africa, a 5-place rise from the embarrasingly low 33rd position held the last time around.

Zimbabwe was one of the few African countries who made gains, most probably as a combination of other factors rather than any meaningful victories achieved since January or December.

The Warriors' last match played was a 3-1 away victory  over 94th ranked Mozambique on 17 November 2010. 

The Zimbabwe Football Association has not helped the team improve its rankings by its continued failure to arrange friendly matches on Fifa official friendly dates.

The next Fifa date for friendly matches is the 9th February, and there are no indications that the Warriors will play any friendly match on the day.

There are mooted plans to engage Niger, the country's opponents in Group B of the Championship of Nations finals, and it remains to be seen if the West Africans will be patient with the late planning of the Zimbabwean soccer chiefs.

Meanwhile, South Africa made great gains, jumping from 51st position to become the 47th best soccer nation in the world. Bafana gained a good 12 points to move into the top 50.

The country has seen its stock rise ever since Pitso Mosimane was appointed new substantive coach of  Bafana Bafana coach, taking over from veteran Brazillian coach Carlos Alberto Perreira who coached the team at the recent World Cup finals on home soil.

Egypt suffered the added pain of plumetting from being the 10th best nation in the world, to a lowly 33rd position now, after shedding a whopping 327 points. This surely has nothing to do with the political turmoil sweeping through the giant North African country at the moment.

The African champions have not been themselves in the African Cup of Nations 2012 qualifiers, and are under pressure to beat South Africa in their next match in March to convince their faithfuls that they are still African soccer Kings.

Another African giant, Cote d'Ivoire, lost a massive 32 points, but still managed to only drop to 26th from the 21st position they held in January. 

Ghana, meanwhile, just moved a single point up from 16th to 15th to become Africa's best ranked nation, replacing the champions whose fall from grace has been somewhat dramatic.


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