War­riors stuck on rank­ings

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE ZIM­BABWE War­riors’ in­ac­tivit y this month, as oth­ers bat­tled in the 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers, saw them re­main­ing stuck at 105th place on the world in the lat­est FIFA rank­ings.

The War­riors i mproved their world rank­ing in July when they were closer to get­ting back into the top 100.

That huge leap was largely due to their good per­for­mance in the 2019 AFCON qual­i­fiers where Knowl­edge Mu­sona’s hat- trick sunk Liberia at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium.

The War­riors fail­ure to qual­ify for the 2018 CHAN fi­nals saw them lose four points.

ZIFA say the War­riors will be in ac­tion when the next World Cup qual­i­fiers are played.

The Her­ald un­der­stands Iran have of­fered the War­riors a chance for a friendly in­ter­na­tional in Tehran.

ZIFA spokesper­son Xolisani Gwe­sela said by week­end the as­so­ci­a­tion will an­nounce next month’s op­po­nent.

“We are or­gan­is­ing some­thing for Oc­to­ber. We want to utilise these FIFA dates for in­ter­na­tional matches since we are not play­ing in the World Cup qual­i­fiers.

‘’ We will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion re­gard­ing our op­po­nent by end of this week,” said Gwe­sela.

On the c o nt in e nt , Eg y pt re­mained the best team de­spite los­ing a shock 0- 1 de­feat at the hands of Uganda in Kam­pala be­fore they bounced back with a vic­tory of a sim­i­lar mar­gin five days later at home.

It was not the same for Zim­babwe’s op­po­nents in the 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, who sur­ren­dered their sec­ond spot in the month un­der re­view fol­low­ing their 1- 2 de­feat to Tu­nisia in World Cup qual­i­fiers cou­pled with two draws against Congo Braz­zav­ille in the CHAN last qual­i­fy­ing round.

The Leop­ards are ranked 42nd in the world.

The Carthage Ea­gles are now sec­ond in Africa fol­lowed by Sene­gal with DRC in fourth place and Nige­ria com­plet­ing the top five.

On the global stage, Ger­many have re­placed Brazil at the top of the rank­ings.

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