The Namibian national football team, Brave Warriors, has slid down nine further places on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) world ranking made public on the football body’s official website yesterday.
During Fifa’s October ranking, Brave Warriors was ranked 108th, only to sink further down the list to the 117th position this month in the world ranking and 34th in the continental ranking.
The downward slope has led Brave Warriors’ supporters to question the lack of international friendly matches for the youthful side.
Many in the local football fraternity blame the Namibia Football Association (NFA), for the lack of friendly matches and the insufficient budget allocation by the Government through the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, that is never enough to cater for competent friendly matches.
Though Brave Warriors is set to take on Rwanda in Kigali on 17th of this month in an international friendly encounter, according to its mentor Bernard Kaanjuka, the ranking interpretation from many local football fans is that little is being done to secure sufficient friendly matches by the authorities.
The players are expected to report for training this Sunday.
Some of the notable names omitted from the list of players for the friendly are; striker Tangeni Shipahu, who is reportedly facing a disciplinary hearing and German-based, Manfred Starke, who cannot be released due to club commitment.
The agreement follows the noble relationship the Brave Warriors’ technical committee has with Starke’s club - Hansa Rostock.
On the continental ranking, Ivory Coast leads the pack, followed by Algeria and then Mali in third place while Ghana comes fourth with African champion - Zambia - in fifth place.
The 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) host, South Africa, is in 84th place in the world ranking and 20th on the continent while Angola is in 19th place on the continent and 79th in the global ranking.
Spain is at the summit of the world ranking with Germany in second place, followed by Argentina and Portugal in third and fourth places, respectively. - JT