warriors.jpgZimbabwe’s Warriors have moved up four places on the world rankings to sit at number 70 in the latest FIFA Coca Cola rankings released this Wednesday.


The Warriors’ 2-1 victory over Bafana Bafana in an international friendly at Rufaro Stadium last week has enabled them to climb four places up the FIFA rankings to number 70.

The Warriors are now number 16 in Africa.

Zimbabwe’s steady progress up the FIFA ladder since Norman Mapeza took over had suffered a jerk last month when the country lost to Cape Verde and failed to qualify for the 2012 African Nations Cup.

Ironically, South Africa, who held Cote D’lvoire to a one all draw before losing to Zimbabwe, also slipped four positions from 49 to 53.

Despite losing to England and being held to a draw by lowly Costa Rica, Spain are still top of the World rankings having accumulated a massive 1564 points despite losing to England and drawing with Costa Rica while Netherlands maintained their second position having amassed 1365 points.

However, Germany are strongly pushing for second position following their 3-nil destruction of second placed Netherlands last week.

The World Cup semi-finalists now have 1345 points.

On current form, Germany is probably the best team in the world.

Uruguay who beat Italy 1-nil in their own backyard maintained their 4th position.

England who beat World Champions Spain moved two places up and are now sitting on fifth.

Brazil, Portugal, Croatia, Italy and Argentina complete the top 10.

The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire remain the highest ranked African team sitting on number 16 followed by Ghana who are number 29,  Algeria on 30 , Egypt 31 and Nigeria a distant 43 to complete the continent’s top five.

Cape Verde, who denied the Warriors qualification for AFCON 2012, are the biggest movers in Africa having moved 9 places and are now the ninth best team in Africa.