Gladiators finish year in 112th spot on FIFA ranking

30 Dec 2016 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior national women’s football team moved up six places on the latest International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) world and continental rankings released on Thursday.
The country is now ranked 112th in the world and 19th in Africa.
Namibia's all-time highest ranking was 89th in 2009. The last time Namibia’s Brave Gladiators was ranked in the top 100 was in 2013 in position 99th.
Their last game was in March 2016, when they were defeated by Zambia in the Women African Nations Cup qualifiers.
The team failed to qualify for the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Cameroon in November.
Nigeria ended this year as the highest ranked African team and 35th in the world; Ghana second in Africa and 45th in the world; Cameroon 47th; and Equatorial Guinea 50th; while South Africa completed the top five spots in Africa on position 51st.
In the Southern Africa Development Community, South Africa is top, followed by Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi in that order.
In the world, the United States of America finished the year ahead of arch-rivals Germany, France, Canada and England in that order.