Kenya leap two places up in October FIFA ranking


Kenya leap two places up in October FIFA ranking
Harambee Stars player celebrate one of their goals during their AFCON 2019 qualifier match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on October 14, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

Kenya has risen two places in the latest Fifa rankings released by the world football governing body on Thursday, to 105 globally. This follows their 0-0 result in Bahir Dar and 3-0 win in Nairobi against neighbours Ethiopia in back-to-back 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group “F” qualifying matches in mid October. Sebastien Migne’s charges had the biggest leap during the September rankings in terms of points, when they stunned Ghana 1-0 in Nairobi in their second qualifying match to improve from 112 to 107 before sinking Malawi in an international friendly.

Kenya has risen two places in the latest Fifa rankings released by the world football governing body on Thursday, to 105 globally.

This follows their 0-0 result in Bahir Dar and 3-0 win in Nairobi against neighbours Ethiopia in back-to-back 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group “F” qualifying matches in mid October.

Sebastien Migne’s charges had the biggest leap during the September rankings in terms of points, when they stunned Ghana 1-0 in Nairobi in their second qualifying match to improve from 112 to 107 before sinking Malawi in an international friendly.

The latest round of results against Ethiopia have seen Harambee Stars add their points tally from 1204 to 1210, tying with Libya, who have dropped six places.

Cecafa region

In the Cecafa region, Uganda still tops at position 79 following 3-0 and 2-0 wins against Lesotho in 2019 Afcon qualifiers this month.

Tanzania, which is in Group L of the Afcon race has gone four places up to 136th after beating Cape Verde (68)  in the recent qualifier in Dar es Salaam.

Sudan have dropped from 132 to 135, thus third in Cecafa followed by Rwanda who  lost 2-0 in Guinea before drawing 1-1 in Kigali in Group “H” in the qualifiers.

Burundi rose from number 148 to 142, thanks to their 0-0 and 1-1 stalemates against Mali and are just behind Rwanda in the region.

Ethiopia dropped to 150, nine places ahead of South Sudan while Djibouti sunk a place further to 197 and Eritrea and Somalia tie at 2014.

African table

Tunisia continue to top the African at position 22 in the world,  followed by Senegal. Both team have already booked 2019 Afcon spots with matches to spare.

Belgium tops the global chart with world champions France sitting second after dropping from the summit they shared with the former last month.

Brazil and Croatia stay third and fourth respectively, with England up one place to fifth while pushing Uruguay to sixth.

Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Colombia seal the top 10 countries respectively.

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