By Allen Kamangira
ZIMBABWE’S senior national men’s soccer team, the Warriors, are ranked the 111th strongest team on the globe, reflecting no change from the previous position, according to the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday.
On the continent, the Warriors remain outside the best 20 teams at number 27. The strongest team on the continent is Senegal followed by Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria and Morocco to complete the top five.
The Warriors face Algeria in back to back AFCON 2022 qualifiers next month, signifying that they have an uphill task against the Desert Foxes who are ranked 30th in the world.
Ghana (6th), Egypt, Cameroun, Mali and Burkina Faso complete the list of top ten teams in Africa.
Zimbabwe’s last competitive game came this month in a nil-all draw against Malawi who are ranked 123rd in the latest FIFA list. The match was an international friendly played in Blantyre.
It is also not rosy for southern neighbours Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Bafana Bafana, who had disappointing results in the latest international friendlies against Zambia and Namibia respectively, dropped one place from position 71 to position 72, according to the latest FIFA rankings.
Bafana have also struggled to get into the top 10 on the African continent and currently sit in 13th place. – Zimbabwe Voice ■