War­riors move eight places up

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

THE War­riors con­tin­ued with their steady progress on the Fifa rank­ings when they moved eight places up the lad­der to po­si­tion 102 in the world yes­ter­day.

Zim­babwe kept mak­ing gains de­spite not be­ing in­volved in im­por­tant matches like the 2018 Fifa World Cup qual­i­fiers which are cur­rently un­der­way.

They have also not played a high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional friendly match in a while al­though re­cently they hosted lowly-ranked Tan­za­nia and won 3-0 at the National Sports Stadium.

Zim­babwe still took their points tally to 334 from 323. Cal­listo Pa­suwa’s men, who are pre­par­ing for the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions in Gabon early next year, also moved six places on the con­ti­nen­tal rank­ings from 34th to num­ber 28th.

But they still re­main the bot­tom ranked na­tion among the 16 fi­nal­ists. Zim­babwe, who at the be­gin­ning of the year hit their worst rank­ing af­ter plung­ing to num­ber 131, look likely to end the year with­out break­ing into the top 100 with the fi­nal rank­ing for 2016 set to be pub­lished on De­cem­ber 22.

But their ri­vals in Group B of the Af­con tour­na­ment main­tained their po­si­tions in the top five of the con­ti­nen­tal rank­ings.

Sene­gal are now the top-ranked na­tion in Africa af­ter dis­lodg­ing reign­ing African cham­pi­ons Cote d’Ivoire. Tu­nisia moved into third po­si­tion while Al­ge­ria dropped to fifth.

Lionel Messi-led Ar­gentina re­mained top of the global rank­ings with Ger­many and Brazil mov­ing into sec­ond and third places at the ex­pense of Bel­gium who slipped from num­ber two to num­ber four.

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