Namibia slides on Fifa rankings

Namibia slides on Fifa rankings

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s 3-2 defeat to Zimbabwe on November 15 in Harare impacted the country’s ranking negatively on the International Federation of Football Association (Fifa) rankings published this week.

The November ranking by the world football body saw Namibia sliding down nine places from the 104th position it held in October. Namibia is now below neighbouring Botswana (104), Uganda (102) Liberia (112) and Benin (111).On the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ranking, Namibia moved down two places from 27th to 29th position.Any improvement in Namibia’s world ranking would depend on how they fare during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cup qualifier in 2007.The country’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the AFCON 2008 showpiece in Ghana and the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.West Africa soccer powerhouse Nigeria still heads the CAF ranking, followed by Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Ghana, Tunisia, Mali, Morocco and Senegal.Nigeria is the only African country to make the Fifa Top Ten list after being placed ninth in this month’s world ranking.Globally, Brazil hold off world champion Italy in second place, followed by Argentina and France in third and fourth places.England is fifth followed by Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Nigeria and the Czech Republic.NampaNamibia is now below neighbouring Botswana (104), Uganda (102) Liberia (112) and Benin (111).On the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ranking, Namibia moved down two places from 27th to 29th position.Any improvement in Namibia’s world ranking would depend on how they fare during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cup qualifier in 2007.The country’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the AFCON 2008 showpiece in Ghana and the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.West Africa soccer powerhouse Nigeria still heads the CAF ranking, followed by Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Ghana, Tunisia, Mali, Morocco and Senegal.Nigeria is the only African country to make the Fifa Top Ten list after being placed ninth in this month’s world ranking.Globally, Brazil hold off world champion Italy in second place, followed by Argentina and France in third and fourth places.England is fifth followed by Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Nigeria and the Czech Republic.Nampa

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