ZAMBIA has risen three places on the latest FIFA Coca-Cola rankings released yesterday for October to be now ranked 71 in the world.
The Chipolopolo’s rise is mainly attributed to the two matches played last month in which the ‘Chicken’ George Lwandamina side won 2-1 away to Kenya in the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier and the 1-1 at home to Gabon in an international friendly match.
Previously ranked 74th after a third straight drop, Zambia overtook Burkina Faso, Uganda and nemesis South Africa, a move that also raised their standing on the African continent to 16 from the 19 held in September.
Zambia will have three games this month, two against Mozambique in the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier and an earlier outing away to Egypt next Sunday.
Whereas Zambia was climbing the ladder three spots after an away win and a home draw, Liberia has taken a giant step on the log and has risen 65 places to take the best mover-of-the-month honour.
This came after their 1-0 home win over Tunisia, Africa’s fourth best ranked side and world number 36 with the West African country now placed 95 in the world and 25 in Africa.
On the continent, Algeria continued as Africa’s best while reigning Africans champions Ivory Coast held on to the second position but were both stagnant on the world ranking on 19 and 21, respectively.
Ghana, Tunisia and Senegal complete Africa’s Top Five with Cape Verde jumping to sixth from the 10th position held last month, all that helped by their astonishing 15 places leap on the world ladder.