Warriors rise up FIFA rankings, drops by African 2010 representatives

zimbabwe_national_team_warriorsJOHANNESBURG The Zimbabwe Warriors (Pictured) gained four places in the in the latest FIFA/Coca- South African national soccer team dropped seven places down the ladder in the latest Coca-Cola World rankings, which heralded mixed fortunes for Africas representatives in this year

According to the rankings released Wednesday, the Warriors are now placed 113th, after garnering 25 points.

There were however, drops by four of the six African representatives for the worlds biggest soccer showpiece, with hosts Bafana Bafana, 81st when the last rankings were released early last month, now placed 88th.

Algeria were the biggest movers among the six African representatives, rising five places up the ladder from 32nd to 27th in the world, while Cameroon remained top among the six teams, unmoved from their 20th position and second on the continent after African champions Egypt, who are placed 14th in the world, after gaining three places.

Nigeria moved a place down to 22nd in the world and third in Africa, Cote dIvoire are now placed 24 in the world and fourth in Africa after dropping three places, as did 2010 AFCON losing AFCON finalists Ghana, who dropped to 31 in the world and fifth on the continent.

The rankings are determined by results from international competitions and international friendly matches played on FIFA-approved matches during the last month.

During the period under review, Egypt did not gain any point, but were saved by the loss of points by teams above them, while Algeria gained 18 points. Cameroon lost one point, Nigeria lost four, Cote dIvoire 28 and Ghana lost 16. South Africa lost 19 points during the same period, to continue their woeful showing on the international scene.

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