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Wednesday 16 January 2019
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Namibia climbs the FIFA ladder

After dropping one place early this year, Namibia has  progressed five bars now on the FIFA rankings to position 94 yesterday despite being inactive.
The basic logic of these calculations have on numerous occasions come under question as to how teams who are inactive get to climb the ladder. According to FIFA, any team that does well in the world wins points which enable it to climb the world ranking. A team’s total number of points over a four-year period is determined by adding the average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months and average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months (depreciates yearly). The number of points that can be won in a match depends on the following factors such as whether the match was won or ended in a draw and how important the match was. Here it is important to note that friendlies do not count. The strength of the opposing team in terms of the ranking and the confederation it belongs to also comes to count.
So in the end, it is factors of the points for match results, importance of match, strength of opposing team and the strength of the confederation that determine the movement on the FIFA rankings.  The Brave Warriors’ last game was in September 2016 when they were defeated 0-2 by Senegal (now occupying 30th position after dropping 2 places) in the African Nations Cup qualifiers. But it is also important to note that the Brave Warriors claimed the Cosafa Castle Cup Plate honors last year. And in 2015, the Warriors also became Cosafa Cup champions in South Africa.
Namibia’s all-time highest ranking was 68th in 1998, thus the raise has been received with excitement by football enthusiasts and the nation as a whole.
“It is something that all of us should celebrate. This is an indication that what we as a country have been doing, starting from schools to clubs, is finally paying off. This is the good work the entire country did two to three years ago,” said Brave Warriors caretaker Ricardo Mannetti.  He adds that the rankings are a testimony of the fruits of working together. “I cannot claim the achievement alone because it is the schools and clubs that produce national team players. It is all about consistency so we need to keep the eye on the price.
If we keep the same recipe, we will even get better rankings.”
This week, Mannetti started training with the first training squad of 24 players two months ahead of an international game against Guinea Bissau for the 2019 African Cup of Nations before he heads to South Africa for the COSAFA Cup from 25 June.




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