Chipolopolo ranked second in SADC

Zambia has been ranked number in the Southern Africa region on the FIFA/Coca Cola World Rankings released on July 14.

On the world ranking Zambia has been put on 73 and an African ranking of 14.

South Africa are the highest ranked nation in the SADC region with a world ranking of 66 and an African ranking of 12.

Zambia is followed by Malawi (74 in the world and 15 in Africa), Mozambique (80 in the world and 17 in Africa), and Angola (86 in the world and 19 in Africa). Botswana is next on 93 in the world rankings and 21 on the African continent followed by Zimbabwe (110 in the world and 27 in Africa) and then Namibia.

Botswana were the biggest climbers in the rankings on the African continent after they shot up 23 places as a result of their AFCON 2012 qualifier wins against Chad (1-0) and Tunisia (1-0). The other SADC countries were playing friendlies ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

Gambia, who will play Namibia in their first AFCON 2012 qualifier in September, were 102 on the world ranking and 24 on the African continent. The other countries in Namibia’s AFCON 2012 qualifying group, Mauritania are ranked 168 in the world and 45 in Africa, and Burkina Faso are 45 in the world and eighth in Africa.

Egypt first in Africa

Egypt, which won the 2010 AFCON competition is the top ranked country on the African continent with a world ranking of ninth.

Ghana are now second on the African continent after climbing nine positions to 23 in the world, after a great showing at the World Cup, which saw them reach the quarter finals. Ivory Coast is third in position 26 on the world rankings, while Nigeria are fourth with a world ranking of 30 and Algeria fifth with a world ranking of 33.

The biggest losers in Africa were Cameroon who dropped 21 places to number 40 on the world rankings. On the world rankings the biggest losers were Canada who dropped 37 places to 100.

Spain go top

Spain, who were previously ranked second in the world, are now ranked first after winning the World Cup. The Netherlands are now ranked second having climbed two positions, while Brazil dropped from first to third. The rest of the top ten nations are Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Egypt, Portugal and Chile.

The biggest climbers in the world rankings were New Zealand who climbed 24 positions to number 54.

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