Warriors move seven places up Fifa rankings

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By Sports Reporter

THE Warriors climbed seven places in the latest Fifa world rankings released on Thursday following their solid performances in the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations Group G qualifying clashes against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently.

According to the latest global rankings, the Zimbabwe national football team moved seven places up to 110, from 117, the joint highest movers on the continent together with Namibia, who also moved from position 116 to 109.

On the continent, the Warriors moved three places up the ladder from position 30 to 27.

The Warriors produced one of the biggest upsets in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers when they beat DRC 2-1 in the first of the back to back qualifiers in front of a packed Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa on October 13.

Zimbabwe, who are unbeaten in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign returned home to hold the Leopards to a one-all draw at the National Sports Stadium three days.

Zimbabwe top the four-team Group G with eight points, three ahead of the second-placed DRC and four in front of third-placed Congo and basement side Liberia.

The Warriors will seal their place at the June 2019 African Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon with a point from their remaining two games, but they might not need that point should their chasing rivals cancel each other out.
They travel to Liberia next month and then host Congo in their last match of the qualifiers in March next year.

DRC and Congo will also be involved in a crucial meeting next month. DRC are second in the group with five points, while Congo and Liberia are tied on four points from as many matches.

While the Warriors made significant strides on the rankings DRC on the other hand dropped six places to position 46 in the world while dropping a place from third to fourth on the continent.

Tunisia remain the top-ranked side in Africa and are up one place to 22 globally.

World Cup winners France dropped one place to leave Belgium the highest ranked team overall by just one point.