Zambia shoot up on the FIFA rankings to rank highest in Cosafa
The Zambia national soccer team has moved 18 places up the FIFA ladder according to the September 2017 FIFA rankings released in Zurich on Thursday.
Zambia is now the highest ranked team from the Cosafa region.
The Chipolopolo who ranked 96th in August now stand at 78th in the world and are back in the top 20 in Africa standing on position 16.
This is the best upward movement the Chipolopolo has recorded since winning the 2012 Africa Cup in 2012 when they moved 28 places up the ladder.
Since February this year, the Chipolopolo have hovered above position 90 in the world rankings.
Zambia defeated Algeria home and away in their Group B World Cup qualifiers played on 2nd and 5th September respectively, results which helped Wedson Nyirenda’s side to their new position.
In other recent matches which were played in the month under review, Zambia held South Africa in a 2-2 draw in East London before winning 2-0 in Ndola to qualify for the African Nations Championship finals via a 4-2 aggregate score line.
They are now the highest ranked team from the Cosafa Region and one of two teams from Southern Africa ranked among the top 100 teams along with of South Africa who are ranked 80th globally and 18th in Africa.
Cosafa champions Zimbabwe are ranked 4th in Cosafa Region, 27th in Africa and 105th in the World behind Madagascar who occupy 26th position in Africa and are placed 101st globally.
Zambia’s next opponents in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers Nigeria fell 6 places and are ranked 5th while Cameroon are 6th in Africa.
CAF FIFA Ranking
1.Egypt (30) 2. Tunisia (31) 3. Senegal (33) 4. Congo DR (42) 5. Nigeria (44) 6. Cameroon (45) 7. Burkina Faso (49) 8. Ghana (52) 9. Cote d’Ivoire (54) 10. Morocco (54) 11. Algeria (62) 12. Guinea (65) 13. Cape Verde Islands (67) 14. Uganda (71) 15. Mali (76) 16. Zambia (78) 17. Gabon (79) 18. South Africa (80) 19. Libya (81) 20. Benin (88)
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