Kenya Stagnant in Latest FIFA Rankings

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Kenya National Football Team Line Up 2016.photo/courtesy

Kenya has retained its initial position ranked at 87th globally despite registering eight matches unbeaten run.

Head Coach Stanley Okumbi’s side has recently given Kenyans hope for better results in the near future following an encouraging display since he took office.

Regionally, Uganda tops the list despite having gone down 2 places to 75th.

Ethiopia have risen 9 places to position 103 and are set to play Kenya in the AFCON 219 qualifiers.

However, former African champions Ivory Coast have dropped terribly following poor results in the just concluded AFCON competitions. They have dropped 13 places to 47th globally.

The significant changes for the FIFA/Coca-Cola February World Rankings come courtesy of matches played at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon.

Cameroon’s victory at the tournament helped them climb 29 places into 33rd position and at the same time Egypt’s silver-medal finish secured them a place in the Top 25. The Pharaohs (23, plus 12) are now the highest ranked CAF team.

AFCON semi-finalists Burkina Faso (38, plus 15) and Ghana (45, plus 9) also enjoyed large gains while quarter- finalists Congo DR (37, plus 12), Morocco (48, plus 9) and hosts Gabon (87, plus 21) also have a reason to celebrate.

In total, 60 matches counted towards the latest ranking. These included the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with 32 games, the 2017 Copa Centroamericana with 15 games and international friendlies which had 13 games.

The aforementioned moves for teams at the African Cup of Nations weren’t the only results from a tournament which meant positive ranking results for nations. Honduras (65, plus 10) and El Salvador (114, plus 24) enjoyed substantial gains thanks to their performances at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana held from 13 to 22 January.

Despite the many successes from the Americas and Africa over the last weeks, the composition of the top five teams stands unchanged for the February ranking. The South America giants, Argentina are ranked first, followed by Brazil in the second place. Germany comes in third, Chile fourth and Belgium fifth.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 March 2017.

 

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