Kenya drops a place to 116 in Fifa rankings

Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi reacts against Guinea Bissau during their AFCON 2017 qualifier return leg ...
Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi reacts against Guinea Bissau during their AFCON 2017 qualifier return leg match at the Nyayo National stadium on March 27, 2016. Guinea Bissau won 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/

Kenya has dropped one place to position 116 in the latest Coca-Cola FIFA World Rankings released this morning a place behind Philippines who recorded their best ever ranking.

The country that has averaged 102 since the ranking system began are slowly inching towards their worst placing, 134th recorded in 2012 with already eliminated Harambee Stars not active until the weekend of June 3 and 5 when they host Congo Brazzaville in a 2017 AFCON qualifier.

Under current Mathare United head coach, Francis Kimanzi, Stars peaked at 68 in 2008 and last featured in the top 100 in December when FIFA ranked the country 98th.

Two devastating back-to-back 1-0 defeats in the AFCON qualifiers away and home to Group E minnows, Guinea Bissau saw the Stars plummet to 115th in the April ranking.

Argentina lead Belgium, Chile, Colombia and Germany in the top ten nations worldwide with Algeria who are ranked 33rd rated the first African nation.

With no A-international matches played in April, the May edition of the FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking provided a brief moment of security for teams eager to hold onto their top positions.

All teams in the Top 50 maintained their positions in May, while the regional composition of said teams also remained unaffected since last month’s ranking.

For May, UEFA has 30 teams in the Top 50, CONMEBOL 8, CAF 7, CONCACAF 3, AFC 2 and OFC 0.

Kuwait’s forfeiture of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualification matches scheduled for March against Korea Republic and Laos were included in the calculation for the May Ranking.

Consequently Korea Republic moved into 54th (up 2) and Laos moved up 6 places into 176.

The Philippines may have failed to qualify for the next round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in the AFC region, but the Azkals get to celebrate a milestone in the May Ranking.

Thomas Dooley’s men moved up one rank this month to reach their best ever position on the FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking (115) a place above Stars.

-Material from used to compile this report

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