ZAMBIA has made an improvement on the latest FIFA rankings, moving three places up the ladder on 71.
The Chipolopolo Boys are now ranked 16th in Africa, following behind are South Africa, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Zambia was previously ranked 74th and the improvement was attributed to the 2-1 win over Kenya in the 2018 World Cup qualifier and a 1-all draw with Gabon in a friendly match played last month.
The Chipolopolo’s opponents in the Group E Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Congo is ranked eighth, while Kenya is 40th in the continent.
Soccer Fans Association chairperson Peter Makembo said the recovery of the Chipolopolo on the FIFA rankings would motivate the players as they play Egypt in a friendly next weekend in the United Arab Emirates.
Makembo said Zambia deserved an upward movement as she had put up a good performance in last month’s international matches.
“This shows that Zambia is getting on its feet. The boys are pushing hard and the friendlies are helping the team prepare adequately. We are positive that Zambia will continue moving up the ladder. We have a good coach and players,” he said. Zambia is on October 11 scheduled to face continent’s ninth-placed Egypt in an international friendly in preparation for the CHAN qualifier against Mozambique and Sudan World Cup qualifier.
The top 10 African countries include Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal, Cape Verde Islands, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt and Nigeria.