Stars down eight places in latest FIFA rankings


Kenya’s Harambee Stars players line-up against Libya during their Cecafa Senior challenge cup 2017 at ...
(FILE)Kenya’s Harambee Stars players line-up against Libya during their Cecafa Senior challenge cup 2017 at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on December 05, 2017.Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • The national football team Harambee Stars has dropped to position 113 in the latest World FIFA rankings, sliding eight places down from their previous rank
  • The development just weeks after the Stars suffered an embarrassing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Central Republic of Africa in an international friendly match in Marrakech, Morocco having previously drawn 2-2 against Comoros in another friendly match at the same venue

The national football team Harambee Stars has dropped to position 113 in the latest World FIFA rankings, sliding eight places down from their previous rank.

The development just weeks after the Stars suffered an embarrassing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Central Republic of Africa in an international friendly match in Marrakech, Morocco having previously drawn 2-2 against Comoros in another friendly match at the same venue.

The results prompted swift changes within the Stars technical bench with Stanley Okumbi who had been appointed interim coach demoted to take charge of the national Under-20 team.

Germany remained top despite a draw and defeat in the month of March as Belgium climbed onto the podium (third) following a thumping 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

Uruguay jumped five places up to 17th after both recording a pair of friendly victories in March. The Eagles of Carthage, for their efforts, reached their best-ever ranking.

The amount of games last month was partly down to a glut of friendly fixtures, but there was also competitive action, with qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup making up 13 of those 133 matches.

Tunisia is ranked top in Africa at 14th place after soaring nine places up with Senagal, Congo DR, Morocco, Egypt and Nigeria next in that order within the CAF region.

With the Stars preparing for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana and Ethiopia in September, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is expected to name a new coach on May 1.

Top 20 rankings: (previous positions in brackets)

  1. Germany (1)
  2. Brazil (2)
  3. Belgium (5)
  4. Portugal (3)
  5. Argentina (4)
  6. Switzerland (8)
  7. France (9)
  8. Spain (6)
  9. Chile (10)
  10. Poland (6)
  11. Peru (11)
  12. Denmark (12)
  13. England (16)
  14. Tunisia (23)
  15. Mexico (17)
  16. Colombia (13)
  17. Uruguay (22)
  18. Croatia (15)
  19. Netherlands (21)
  20. Italy (14)

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