The recently released FIFA World rankings have shown no movement for Botswana senior national soccer team, the Zebras. The January 2016 released rankings place Botswana at number 95 in the world with 363 points. This is the position the team held during the last rankings released in December 2015. Botswana’s stagnation is as a result of none activity since the last rankings. According to FIFA regulations for a team to improve its rankings it has to play more games. For the team to collect more points it has to beat others which are above it in the rankings. The Zebras are scheduled to resume international fixtures in March 2016.
This will be when they travel to Comoros for the 2017 AFCON qualifiers. Botswana’s none activity has always been seen as a negative factor affecting its rankings. However, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive officer Kitso Kemoeng in the past acknowledged the need for the team to play more often. While the Zebras remain stagnant some African teams considered to be power houses tumbled down the ladder. Such countries include Senegal (45), Egypt (58), Mali (63), South Africa (74) and Morocco (76). All the teams dropped one position safe of South Africa falling two steps down from position 72 in the last rankings.