Warriors drop in FIFA rankings after nightmare World Cup campaign

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The Warriors pose for a team photograph before their World Cup qualifier match against Ghana at the National Sports Stadium on October 12 Pic by Liberty Mugari

Zimbabwe have dropped to their lowest FIFA world ranking in five years in the wake of their winless campaign in the just ended 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

According to the latest FIFA world rankings released by the world football governing body on Friday, the Warriors lost 8.9 points and slumped by three places to number 121.

This is their lowest position in five years since reaching number 126 in May 2016. Zimbabwe’s senior national men’s football team has also lost ground on the African rankings after slumping three places to number 31.

The Warriors endured a World Cup qualifying campaign from hell after finishing the group stage qualifiers without a win after collecting a single point from six matches to finish bottom of the group which included eventual group winners Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia.

Zimbabwe’s hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon suffered a blow in the recent November international window after losing 1-0 to South Africa and drawing 1-1 against Ethiopia.

The results saw them finishing at the bottom of Group G with just one goal from six matches.

The end-of-the-year FIFA World Rankings will be released on December 16.

 

 

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