Zimbabwe rankings rise defies scandal

There is still something positive to report on Zimbabwean football.

According to the latest rankings the world football governing body has released, Zimbabwe’s senior man’s national team has leaped three places up the FIFA/ Coca Cola world rankings to 99th in the world.

Zimbabwean football has been mired in controversy in recent weeks following the so-called Asiagate scandal.

It is alleged senior man’s national team players and administrators as well some journalists received money to influence the outcome of matches during the team’s controversial tours of Asia between 2007 and 2009.

The investigations, which have claimed the scalp of former Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive officer, Henritta Rushaya, has left the career of many players, who ZIFA has suspended, in the balance.

Meanwhile, the just-ended CAF Africa Cup of Nations has left its mark on the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Neighbouring Zambia, who were crowned champions in Gabon at the weekend, climbed to 43rd.

Despite losing on penalties in the decider, Côte d’Ivoire (15th, up 3) remain Africa’s highest-positioned team.

Aside from the two finalists, third-placed Mali (44th, up 25) as well as host nations Gabon (45th, up 46) and Equatorial Guinea (110th, up 41) have made considerable ground.

There were changes are also to be seen in the top ten, with Germany (2nd, up 1) bumping the Netherlands out of second place to take up position behind Spain, and Portugal (6th, up 1) and Italy (8th, up 1) also making headway. Denmark have moved into the top ten (10th, up 1), pushing Argentina down to 11th.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be issued on March 7, one week earlier than originally planned.

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