Swiss praise for resurgent Warriors

World football governing body, FIFA has once again sung the praises of Zimbabwe’s senior men’s national team as they continue their surge up the FIFA Coca Cola World Rankings.

According to the latest rankings, The Warriors are among the biggest movers in the last month and are now ranked 64th in the 203-team rankings table.

In a development FIFA said highlighted the sport was moving in the right direction in the country, The Warriors moved eight places up the ladder after gaining 58 points.

This is a remarkable turnaround for Zimbabwe who opened the year ranked a lowly 177th.

In a statement, FIFA attributed the rise to the team’s imperious form of late. Last month, they recorded successive victories over visiting Liberia and Burkina Faso who they beat 3-0 and 2-0 respectively in an African Nations Cup 2012 qualifier and an international friendly match.

The win over Liberia enhanced the team’s prospects of booking a berth in the tournament scheduled for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Meanwhile, after just one month, the Netherlands (2nd, down 1) had to relinquish first place to Spain (1st, up 1) on the September edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

With England having taken a tumble (8th, down 4), Germany (3rd, unchanged) now sit directly above Uruguay (4th, up 1), who occupy their highest-ever position on the global ladder. Other movers towards the summit were Portugal (5th, up 3), Italy (6th, up 1) and Brazil (7th, down 1).

“The high level of movement in this latest edition is the result of 170 'A' international matches, of which 109 were FIFA World Cup or continental qualifiers and 61 were friendlies,” said FIFA.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking will be published on October 19.

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