Zambia has risen seven places on the latest FIFA Rankings dated July 6 to end a six-month fall on the men’s charts.
Chipolopolo moved up the log from 99th to 92nd after edging closer to their worst-ever ranking since 2011 when they dropped to 105.
Good friendly postings in their 0-0 away draw against Gabon, who have dropped five places to 91, and 2-1 win over Bafana Bafana, who at number 64, helped mitigated their recent free fall that also saw them lose 1-0 at home to Mozambique in an opening 2019 AFCON Group K qualifier.
Mozambique’s win over Zambia helped them rise nine places to 97.
Furthermore, back-to-back wins in the 2017 Cosafa Cup where Zambia beat Botswana a 2-1 and Tanzania 4-2 in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively have help in Chipolopolo’s improved showing.
However, Zambia remain outside the CAF top 20 and are at number 24.
Meanwhile, Africa’s Top 10 sides the FIFA rankings are Egypt (24th inte World), Senegal (27), DR Congo(28),Tunisia (34), Cameroon(36),Nigeria (39), Burkina Faso(44), Algeria (48),Ghana (50) and Côte d’Ivoire (56).
Mali are 11th in Africa and 59th in the World.