Rukoro happy with Warriors' latest FIFA ranking

06 Jun 2015 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors on Thursday moved nine places in the latest International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) rankings.
In May Namibia was ranked 114th in the world and 31st in Africa.
In the latest result, Namibia moved nine places after winning four and drawing two of its six games played at the Council of African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup in South Africa in May.
The team now occupies 105th position in the world rankings and 28th position in Africa.
The last time Namibia was ranked amongst the top 105 was in 2001.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General Barry Rukoro said the ranking is something exciting for the team. He said he hopes they keep up the good work and continue improving the country’s ranking.
“It has been a long time since we were in the top 110 in the rankings and this is good news, because if we improve on our ranking very soon we will have bigger teams wanting to play us.
“When bigger teams play you they have to pay and that will be a good thing for the association as we will also get revenue from playing other teams, but that will only come if we continue to improve on our ranking,” said Rukoro.
He also called on the current Brave Warrior crop to remain level-headed in their football careers as he said there are many other players who are knocking on doors and who might take over their positions in the team.
The biggest losers in the latest rankings in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) are Zambia and South Africa.
Zambia dropped eight to 68th position, while South Africa dropped 10 places from 59 to 69.
Other top SADC nations are Mozambique which is in 81st position; Angola which is in 88th position and Malawi, which is 95th.
Others that are ranked outside the top 110 are Botswana (111th position); Madagascar (113th); Zimbabwe (119th); and Lesotho (122nd).
In Africa Algeria remains the top ranked African country with a world ranking of 21, while Ivory Coast is ranked 24th; Tunisia 29th; Ghana 34th; Senegal 36th; Cape Verde Islands 38th; Nigeria 43rd; Guinea 45th; Congo 47th and Cameroon 49th.
Germany remains the top ranked country in the world, while Belgium moved one place up to second place.
Argentina dropped to third position, followed by Columbia and Brazil.
Other nations in the top 10 are the Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay, France and Spain.
Madagascar were Africa’s biggest climbers, moving 37 places to 113, while Equatorial Guinea went up 11 places to number 50.
The biggest losers in Africa were Guinea Bissau, who dropped 23 places to 155; Rwanda which dropped 21 places to 94; and Chad which dropped 20 places from 152 to 172.
Tanzania dropped 20 places from 107 to 127.