Warriors drop on Fifa rankings

HARARE - The Warriors plunged a place down the ladder in the latest Fifa/Coca-Cola world football rankings released yesterday.

The Warriors, whose last international game was a 1-1 draw against Guinea in an African Cup of Nations qualifier at Rufaro Stadium last month, are now ranked 109th in the world and 32nd best in Africa.

The Warriors will be assembling soon to begin preparations for the 2016 African Nations Championships final qualifier against Lesotho at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men will host Lesotho in the first leg on October 18, with the reverse fixture set for Setsoto Stadium, in Maseru the following weekend.

Meanwhile, Wales are one place behind Brazil after reaching an all-time high of eighth in the Fifa world football rankings.

They stay above England, who remain at 10th; while Northern Ireland moved up six places to 35th.

It is a six-year high for the Northern Irish, while Scotland are down nine to 40th and the Republic of Ireland slip three places to 54th,

World Cup winners Germany have moved back into second place in the rankings behind Argentina.

The new list takes into account the Euro 2016 qualifiers in September.

Wales won in Cyprus before a home draw with Israel brought them closer to qualification for their first major tournament since 1958.

Austria are celebrating their highest-ever placing at 11 after sealing a place at Euro 2016, while the biggest mover is Liberia, rising 65 places to 95.

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