FIFA ranking shows hard work from the nation: Mannetti

07 Apr 2017 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA) – National senior football team coach Ricardo Mannetti has called on all coaches to work as a collective unit to further improve Namibia’s International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) rankings.
The national team, Brave Warriors, moved up five places from 99th place to 94th in April.
They are ranked 24th in Africa.
The Brave Warriors last played in September 2016 against Senegal for the 2017 Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), losing 0-2.
Mannetti told Nampa on Thursday, the team’s improvement on the FIFA rankings shows that coaches at grassroots, club and national levels are doing something right, and they should not change it.
He said they have a winning formula from all the hard work that the whole Namibian football fraternity has made.
“Our movement in the FIFA ranking is not the national team’s glory but everyone’s success to appreciate,” said Mannetti.
He added that there is still room for improvement and collectively, all coaches should push in the same direction to get a much better FIFA ranking for the country.
Brazil reclaimed the seat at the top after a seven-year absence while Argentina moved a place down to second. Apart from Colombia which moved to fifth position from seventh, there was no other movement recorded among the top five teams in the world.
Germany is still ranked third and Chile fourth.
The biggest mover this month was Macedonia, which moved 33 places from position 166th.
The worst mover was Liberia, which dropped 39 places to 141st position.
With regards to the CAF nations, Egypt is first after replacing Senegal; now second. They are in 19th and 30th spots in the world, respectively.
South Africa is the highest-ranked in southern Africa, 12th in Africa, and 64th in the world.