Stars drop again as Senegal climb to top of Africa in FIFA rankings


(FILE)Harambee Stars First coach Stanley Okumbi instructs his players during a training session at ...
(FILE)Harambee Stars First coach Stanley Okumbi instructs his players during a training session at the KSMS grounds on August 29,2017. PHOTO/SPORTPICHA

The national football team’s rapid fall rolled on as the Harambee Stars dropped nine places into position 111 in the latest World Rankings according to a report published by FIFA on Thursday.

The Stars took part in no friendly matches during the November FIFA international break with Zambia date suffering last minute cancellation by Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

The task is now upon new Stars boss Paul Put to guide the Stars back to a respectable position having occupied a year-high position 82 earlier in the year with Stanley Okumbi in charge.

Senegal rose to a record 23rd place in the world and first in the CAF region.

The ‘Teranga Lions’ achieved their highest position thanks to back-to-back World Cup qualifying victories over South Africa this month.

Senegal triumphed 2-0 in Polokwane to seal a place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, then won a dead-rubber 2-1 in Dakar four days later.

They climbed nine places in the world since October to displace Tunisia as the number one national team in Africa.
It was a short-lived time at the top for the Tunisians, who moved into first place only last month for the first time in 15 years.

Tunisia slipped to second behind Senegal and ahead of Egypt having been held 0-0 at home by Libya in a World Cup qualifier.

The Democratic Republic of Congo remained fourth and Herve Renard-coached Morocco climbed two places to fifth after defeating the Ivory Coast to book a World Cup slot in Russia.

It will be a first World Cup appearance for Frenchman Renard after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia and the Ivory Coast.

Burkina Faso, Cup of Nations title-holders Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast complete the top 10.

Africa Top 10

1. Senegal (world ranking 23), 2. Tunisia (27), 3. Egypt (31), 4. Democratic Republic of Congo (36), 5. Morocco (40), 6. Burkina Faso (44), 7. Cameroon (45), 8. Nigeria (50), 9. Ghana (51), 10. Ivory Coast (61)

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