Brave Warriors move up 10 places on Fifa rankings

23 Nov 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 NOV (NAMPA) – The senior national football team, the Brave Warriors, have moved up 10 places on the latest International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) world rankings released on Thursday.
They are now ranked 119th in the world and 30th in Africa.
In October, the Brave Warriors moved up three places from position 132 in the world to 129, while they were positioned 35th in Africa.
The new ranking comes in a year when Namibia dropped from position 94 to 156th in the world, following a year of non-activity by the team.
After that huge drop in July, Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti was at pains to explain the descent, saying: “We have not played a single match on all the Fifa dates since we played Senegal. We missed about three weeks, which could translate to six games as other countries play two games during Fifa dates, plus we were not at Afcon where other teams played at least three games”.
The Brave Warriors have played 10 matches in 2017, winning five losing four and drawing one.
These performances have led to the team steadily moving up the rankings since August.
The team is also assured of playing at least three matches at the upcoming African Nations Championship tournament which will start on 12 January 2018 in Morocco, where they have been drawn with Zambia, Ivory Coast and Uganda.
Mannetti had previously emphasised the importance of playing competitive matches on Fifa dates, saying the higher the team is ranked, the kinder the pairing they receive when it comes to draws for tournaments or qualifiers.