Zimbabwe To Play Friendly With Malawi Instead of Ghana

The day is reserved for international friendlies by world football body, FIFA and clubs are obliged to release to their national teams.

Henrietta Rushwaya, the ZIFA chief executive officer confirmed that Malawi had agreed to play the Zimbabwe on March 3. She said Zimbabwe will use the match to fine tune for the CHAN tie against Swaziland which will be played a week later after the tie.

The Warriors last played Malawi in a dead rubber Afcon qualifier at Barbourfields Stadium in 2007 under the guidance of stand-in coach Norman Mapeza.

The Warriors played an international against South Africa last month and lost 3-0.

Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Warriors last dropped to their worst ranking in the last 12 months plunging to position 117 from 109 according to the February FIFA/Coca Cola World Rankings.

The Warriors did not garner any points after they demolished 3-0 by South Africa in an international friendly on January 27 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.  The team also failed to collect points after going down 0-6 to Syria in another international friendly on January.

The Warriors dropped on the Africa rankings. The team dropped eight places down the ladder to position 32.

The Warrior’s worst world ranking was in October 2009 when they were ranked 131 in October last year.  The next ranking is March 3.
However the FIFA media channel said the recent Africa Cup of Nations has had a major impact on the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

While Spain continue to occupy top spot ahead of Brazil and the Netherlands, Egypt managed to climb 14 places to tenth place after they successfully defended their title at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

This is not only Egypt’s highest-ever position in the ranking, but also the second highest of any African team since the introduction of the ranking. They have only been bettered by Nigeria, who reached fifth place in April 1994. Other African teams also benefited from their performances in Angola. In the upper echelons of the ranking, semi-finalists Nigeria (15th, up 7) and finalists Ghana (27th, up 7) made considerable strides. Further down the ranking, Zambia (73rd, up 11) and Malawi (82nd, up 17) also made good progress.