Brave Warriors move up seven places on Fifa rankings

19 Jan 2018 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior men’s football team, the Brave Warriors, have moved up seven places on the latest International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) world rankings released on Thursday.
The team is now ranked 111th worldwide, up from the 118 ranking it had in December last year, while on the African continent, the Brave Warriors are now ranked 30th, up one place from their last monthly ranking.
The Brave Warriors are currently participating in their first-ever African Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco, where they have reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time in their history.
This follows their one goal to nil victory over both Ivory Coast (61st in the world and 11th in Africa) and Uganda (71st in the world and 16th in Africa) at Chan in January.
The team still have to face Zambia in the last group game at Chan before they play their quarter-final match either against Morocco or Sudan on either 27 or 28 January 2018.
While their latest ranking is not affected by their victory over Uganda Thursday at Chan, the Brave Warriors are likely to rise even further in the ranking come February.
In the past, coach Ricardo Mannetti has emphasised the importance of playing regularly with higher ranked nations as a way of improving the team’s ranking.
This, he said, will help the team get kind draws when they participate in regional and international competitions.
In 2017 the Brave Warriors played 10 matches, winning five, losing four and drawing one.
The top five ranked nations in the world according to the latest Fifa rankings are Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium.