Zambia climb FIFA rankings



ZAMBIA is now Africa’s sixth ranked team in Africa after moving up two places on the FIFA ratings. 
According to the latest rankings released in Zurich, Switzerland yesterday, the African Chipolopolo have also improved by one position in the world to 41.
The Chipoloopolo’s rise is attributed to the September 8, 2012 1-0 victory over Uganda in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Uganda, Zambia’s opponents in next Saturday’s decisive return leg, have climbed by one rung in Africa to 22nd but have dropped by two places globally to 90th.
Ivory Coast are still the highest-ranked African team and 16th in the world, Algeria are second on the continent and 24th on the FIFA standings, Mali are third in Africa and 27th globally, Ghana are fourth on the CAF standings and 31st in the world and seven-time African champions Egypt are fifth on the continent and 40th in the world.
Tunisia are seventh in Africa and 45th in the world.  In eighth position in Africa and 47th globally are Gabon, Central Africa Republic are ninth on the continent and Cape Verde who beat Cameroon 2-0 last month are tenth and 51st globally.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hosts South Africa are 19th on the continent and 76th on the FIFA rankings.
Meanwhile, AP reports that Spain stayed top of the FIFA world rankings as South American teams surged into the top 10 after playing 2014 World Cup qualifiers last month.
The United States rose one place to No. 32.
Spain, the World Cup winners, lead a European 1-2-3 ahead of Germany and Portugal, which climbed one place.
Argentina climbed three places to No. 4 and Colombia are No. 9, leaping 13 spots following wins against Uruguay and Chile.
England fell two spots to No. 5 and the Netherlands rose two to No. 6.
Italy and Uruguay are next, both falling two places, and Greece moved up one to complete the top 10.
World Cup hosts Brazil fell two to No. 14.

Source:Zambia Daily Mail