Warriors fall down the rankings

Zimbabwe have gone eight places down and are now pegged in 74th position in the world having been at 66th  place when the monthly rankings were last released in mid September.

The Warriors have also gone down on the African football ratings and are now placed 17th on the continent having been at 14th before the last matches of the qualifiers for the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Warriors down spiral on the World and African rankings follows their surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of minnows Cape Verde in the qualifiers for the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals in a game the whole of Africa expected them to win.

The defeat left the Warriors licking their wounds in a group they could have qualified had they won the game against the unheralded Cape Verde.

The Warriors, however, are hoping to restore their climb up the rankings when they resume their participation in continental football when the qualifiers for the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals begin.

The Confederation of African Football have rescheduled the African Cup of Nations finals to the same month the European Championships take centre stage in order to avoid the club versus country situation that has become a problem to the African Cup of Nations finals as most top African footballers are reluctant to participate in the continental football festival in favour of playing for their European clubs instead.

The first round draw of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers will be held at the Caf Congress which will be held just before the 2012 Nations Cup finals begin. The 2013 Nations Cup finals will be held in South Africa just a year before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Spain remains the world’s top football nation according tom the latest rankings.