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THE Warriors are now ranked 116 in the latest Fifa Coca-Cola world rankings and 32 in African after dropping two places.

In the previous ranking, the national team was placed 114th in the world and 31 in Africa and the latest drop follows the two losses in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Guinea and Egypt.

The Warriors were due to play Zambia at the weekend Sunday in the African Nations Championships (Chan) first leg, final qualifier after which they will engage Mozambique in a dead rubber 2014 World Cup qualifier in September.

But the game had to be called off and moved to next Sunday after match officials from Cameroon failed to turn up.

On September 10, the Warriors take on South Africa in Johannesburg in a high profile international friendly match.

South Africa, themselves have dropped eight places in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday and now sit outside of Africa’s Top 10.

Bafana Bafana are at number 67 in the world and number 12 in Africa having been overtaken by Zambia, Cameroon and Egypt in the last month.

It is a huge blow for the country’s hopes of being one of the seeded teams should they advance to the next stage of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, putting them on a potential collision course with the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.

The Ivorians remain the top-ranked side on the continent, followed by Ghana, Mali, Algeria and Nigeria. Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Tunisia and Zambia round up Africa’s top 10.

There was no movement in the global top 10, which is headed by Spain, followed by Germany, Colombia, Argentina and Netherlands.


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