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23/10/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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THE Warriors tumbled out of the top 100 in the Fifa/Coca-Cola World rankings released Thursday.

Zimbabwe who have been inactive after they were booted out of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers set for Morocco following a 2-2 draw at home against continental minnows Tanzania are paying the price for that disastrous campaign.

The Warriors are now ranked number 101 in the world and 27 in Africa having been on number 90 in the world and 24 in Africa.

Despite the Zimbabwe Under-23 overcoming Swaziland 2-0 in an international friendly in Mbabane, Swaziland two weeks ago, they find themselves dropping a massive nine places down the ladder.

Fifa considered a total of 141 matches for the October edition of the world ranking, the same number they used for last month.

Of those matches, 49 were European qualifiers, 28 were African qualifiers and ten were CONCACAF qualifiers in addition to 54 friendlies.

In total, 667 matches have been taken into account over the course of the year so far.

Algeria jumped five places up the ladder to maintain their number one position in Africa and claimed number 15 in the world.

Ivory Coast are second in Africa and 25 in the world despite dropping three places down.

Tunisia remained stuck on third position and are number 31 in the world.

Cape Verde moved eight places up to claim fourth place and are ranked number 33 in the world.

Former African champions Egypt moved a massive 23 places to claim sixth place in Africa and 38
in the world.

Cameroon are seventh in Africa and 40 in the world after moving two places while both Senegal and Nigeria dropped five places down to position 41 and 42 in the world and eight and nine in Africa respectively.

But Togo were the biggest movers after jumping 73 places up to position 10 in Africa and 52 in the world.

Germany maintained their grip on the top spot in the world despite a difficult start to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

Argentina and Colombia remained in second and third position in the world while Belgium leapfrogged the Netherlands to claim fourth position - their highest ranking yet.

Brazil remained static in sixth position while France moved two places up to number seven.

Uruguay are in eighth place after dropping one place while Portugal moved two places up to claim 9th position, their first appearance in the top ten since July.



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Former table-toppers Spain dropped two places down to sit in tenth position.


 
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