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Zimbabwe Warriors Scale 14 Places Up Latest FIFA Soccer World Rankings

  • Gibbs Dube

FILE: Zimbabwe Warriors featured in the AFCON finals in Gabon.

The Warriors have scaled a massive14 places up the latest FIFA World Rankings released today.

According to an article on the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) website, the national squad is now ranked 101 from 115.

“The rise to just a place shy of the best 100 nations is a remarkable achievement in recent times,” says ZIFA.

Zimbabwe’s senior team has been active in the past six weeks, first playing an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, which they easily won by three goals to nil over Liberia, and, taking part in the currently underway COSAFA Cup.

At the COSAFA Cup, the Warriors have already played five matches, winning four times and drawing once.

Council of Southern African Football Associations games are regarded as friendly matches when calculations are done for world rankings, therefore, a point is earned from a win over a member of the Confederation of African Football, during a friendly match.

The Liberia game, which falls under the category of ‘confederation-level qualifier’, earned Zimbabwe 2.5 points.

After the COSAFA Cup final against Zambia on Sunday, the team’s locally-based players will have to focus on the Championship of African Nations qualifier first leg against Namibia during the second weekend of July.

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