zim-warriors.jpgZimbabwe’s senior men’s soccer team, the Warriors, have jumped 12 places up the FIFA World Rankings from position 86 to 74 in the latest rankings released by the world soccer governing body.

The Warriors take on the Lone Star of Liberia in an African Nations Cup qualifier match at the National Sports Stadium on the 4th of September after dismissing Zambia’s Chipolopolo 2-0 in a friendly match early this month.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands went top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time without playing a match in the last month.

Although their friendly against England was cancelled because of the London riots, the Dutch benefited as previous leaders, Spain, were beaten by Italy to lose their place at the top.

World and European champions, Spain, had led for one year.

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana have climbed two positions up from 49 last month to 47 after thrashing Burkina Faso 3-0 in a friendly international earlier this month.

The Netherlands became the seventh team to head the rankings since they were introduced in 1993 after Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Brazil’s 3-2 friendly defeat by Germany cost them two places as they dropped from fourth to sixth, meaning that Uruguay, who remained fifth, became South America’s highest-ranked team.