The Zimbabwe senior soccer team has paid dearly for losing to Rwanda and Uganda at the Cecafa championships recently hosted by Tanzania, after falling 28 places to end the year on position 98 on the FIFA rankings.According to the world football governing bodyâ€™s latest rankings released in Zurich Switzerland this morning, Zimbabwe has fallen dramatically on the FIFA rankings table to end the year ranked 98th in the world.
The Warriors who have fallen 28 places on their world ranking have also plunged 8 places on their continental ranking, to land on number 24 on the African continent.
The Warriors were ranked 70th in the world and 16th in Africa in Novemberâ€™s ranking but participation at the Cecafa senior championships have seen Zimbabwe dropping after losing to Rwanda and Uganda.
Victories against Djibouti and Tanzania did not help the Warriors cause since Djibouti were ranked a lowly 200 while Tanzania was placed 136.
Zimbabweâ€™s position was however strongly affected by losing to lower ranked teams with a 2-nil defeat to Rwanda who were placed 114 not doing any good to Zimbabweâ€™s ranking position.
A 1-nil quarter final defeat to Uganda who were ranked 91st all but spelt doom for the Warriors who only in September occupied 66th position.
World championâ€™s Spain maintained first position with Netherlands and Germany remaining on 2nd and 3rd positions.
Uruguay is still 4th while England is 5th.