According to the latest table the world football governing body released on Thursday from Zurich, Switzerland, the Warriors are now ranked a lowly 116th in the world after sliding down two places. They are ranked 32nd in Africa.
The ranking, which places Zimbabwe in its lowest berth to date, is the latest in a series of crises to hit the senior men’s national soccer team in recent months.
The latest setback comes weeks after the team lost its Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup title to rivals and hosts Zambia.
Zimbabwe, who failed to qualify for the Orange African Nations Cup neighboring South Africa hosted earlier this year, are out of contention for next year’s Fifa World Cup scheduled for Brazil.
They finished bottom of their group without a win in six qualifying games.
Meanwhile, there were no changes at the top of the Fifa/Coca-Cola rankings, with Spain maintaining its leadership.
Germany, Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Brazil and Belgium complete the top 10.
At 18th, Ivory Coast, who nonetheless fell five places down the table, are Africa’s highest-ranked side.
The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking is celebrating an important anniversary this month.
The first edition was published 20 years ago, in August 1993.
Back then, Zimbabwe was inside the top 50.Post published in: Football