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Zebras move up again in FiFA rankings
17/09/10

The latest FIFA national team rankings were released this week, with Botswana once more moving up in the context of the Zebras impressive AFCON 2012 Qualifier campaign.

In the latest rankings Botswana moved up 11 places to 82 position. This follow a 23 place surge for the team in July which put the them in the global top hundred.

The Zebras current position is the highest in the nation's football history. But Botswana still has a way to go if it is to join the African top ten, which this week were announced as follows (team global rankings bracketed)

1 Egypt (8)
2 Ghana (20)
3 Cote d'Ivoire (23)
4 Gabon (31)
5 Nigeria (34)
6 Algeria (35)
7 Cameroon (37)
8 Burkina Faso (39)
9 Tunisia (56)
10 South Africa (58)

Overall African teams have made great strides in the latest Fifa rankings, a fact that is attributed in part to the world football controlling body's decision that teams from the continent will now get the same number of points for a win as those on other continents.

In the past, African teams earned far inferior points for a win against a fellow African opponent than their European counterparts. The only time that African teams earned superior points was if they recorded wins against Europeans during tournaments like the Fifa Confederation Cup or the Fifa World Cup. But Supersport reports that two months ago FIFA took a decision that African teams will now earn the same amount of points for a win against any opponent and it is beginning to show dividends.

Botswana's advance is not surprising given that the Zebras have within a relatively short period of time grounded the former African champions the Carthaginian Eagles of Tunisia in Tunis, as well as humbled the once fancied Sparrow Hawks of Togo.

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