Kenya unmoved in latest FIFA rankings


Harambee Stars players celebrates Michael Olunga's goal against Uganda Cranes during their International Friendly at ...
Harambee Stars players celebrates Michael Olunga's goal against Uganda Cranes during their International Friendly at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 23, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

The national team Harambee Stars retained their spot on 78 in the latest FIFA World Ranking published on Thursday and whose order remained largely unchanged.

The Harambee Stars – enjoying a streak of 11 games unbeaten – are placed at a decent 16th within the Confederation of African Football (CAF), one place behind neighbours Uganda who rank 72nd globally.

With club football seasons across the world nearing their climax, it was a quiet month on the international front – a fact reflected in the standings.

Seeing just seven games played, the top 20 places remained static following April, with a one-place drop for Slovakia (24) into accounting for the only movement inside the leading 73 nations.

Bolivia (73, plus 1) brought about that small ripple of motion.

Brazil thus remain the leaders followed by fellow South Americans Argentina in first place with the five-time World Cup winners having surged to the summit of the FIFA ranking for the first time in seven years last month.

World champions Germany are third followed by Chile and Colombia in a South American-dominated top five.

Outside of the top 100 there was some notable change. A pair of wins for Madagascar (111, plus 9) over Malawi (114, minus 14) saw them claim the titles of the month’s biggest movers up and down the table respectively, with South Sudan (146, plus 8) not far behind after similarly twice seeing off Somalia (206, unchanged).

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on June 1.

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