Nam down one place in FIFA rankings
WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA continues to drop on the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA)’s latest world rankings released on January 12, 2016.
The national football team, also known as the Brave Warriors, dropped from 99th position, which they occupied in December 2016, to 100 position.
After moving 20 places up the rankings (from 118 to 98) at the end of October 2016, the Brave Warriors have dropped two places in the last two months because of inactivity.
In Africa, the Brave Warriors are ranked 27th, down one place from 26th.
If they continue to be inactive, the Brave Warriors are likely to drop off the top 100 rankings when the next rankings are released by FIFA.
While other teams are playing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, the Brave Warriors are out of action, with their next game likely to be the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which will kick off in June 2017, while preliminary rounds are set for March.
The Brave Warriors’ last game was in September 2016 when they were defeated 0-2 by Senegal in the African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Namibia’s all-time highest ranking was 68th in 1998.
Meanwhile, local football continues to be in limbo following the Namibia Premier League’s failure to secure sponsorship for the 2016/2017 league competition.
The Namibia Football Association has in the past also failed to organise matches for the country’s national teams due to a shortage of funds. – Nampa