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Warriors drop in rankings

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The national soccer team, the Warriors, has dropped on Fifa rankings despite their 3-1 win over Mozambique in Maputo last month.

The Warriors were adjudged number 119 in the world in the latest rankings, one place down to complete their worst ranking in recent years.

Zimbabwe are ranked 30th in Africa below teams such as Central Africa Republic, Tanzania and Cape Verde Islands.

Cape Verde, who are the Warriors’ opponents in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, are 17th on the continent while the other group members Mali and Liberia are positioned 13th and 43rd respectively.

Zimbabwe has not been able to attract better countries for international friendly matches largely due to previous poor performances in the Afcon qualifiers and the Asia match-fixing allegations.

A friendly match against Zambia, that had been organised by Zifa, although falling outside the Fifa calendar, that had been penciled in for this weekend has been called off.

The development means red-hot players like Knowledge Musona may find it hard to get work permits if they are lured by English clubs who stipulate on recruiting players from countries in the top 100 on Fifa grading.

African champions Egypt are the only African team in the top 10, occupying ninth spot. World Cup winners Spain will finish the year as world number one, following up on their triumph in South Africa with a perfect start to their Euro 2012 qualification campaign.

The Netherlands are in second place with Germany in third. South American rivals Brazil and Argentina are fourth and fifth repectivelt with England at sixth.

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