Namibia drops on FIFA ranking list

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia risks sliding out of the top 100 bracket of the world's best soccer playing nations if it does not play a series of friendlies or competitive matches soon, the Nambia News Agency (NAMPA) has warned.
NAMPA quoted the latest International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) rankings list as placing Namibia 99th in the world and 19th on the continent.
This is two down from last month's world rankings that placed the country at 97th position in the world.
Comparing the amount of competitive and friendly matches other countries play to Namibia's inaction, it is highly likely that come 21 November when the new rankings will be issued, the 'Land of the Brave' will be outside the Top 100 in the world as well as out of the Top 20 in Africa.
World and European champion France is still topping the world ranking list with South American countries, Brazil and Argentina in second and third places respectively.
Italy and Portugal are in fourth and fifth position while Spain is in sixth position.
Germany, world champion in 1990, has slipped from 12th to 14th position, a signal that all is not well in the German camp.
In Africa, Tunisia is still top of the tree, followed by South Africa and Morocco.
Continental champion Cameroon is placed fifth on the continent, ahead of Egypt and Nigeria who are sixth and seventh, respectively.
The FIFA ranking list comprises 203 countries from all over the world with 52 of these being African.

18 october 2001 09:13:00




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