Sports News of Friday, 21 September 2018
Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars have plummeted from 45th place to 51st place on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released for September.
The Stars fell six places (the biggest drop of the month) after losing 1-0 to Kenya in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier earlier this month.
As a result of their victory, Kenya recorded the biggest leap in terms of points is in Africa to 107th place (up five places).
Tunisia are the highest ranked African team in 23rd place in the world after defeating Swaziland 2-0 in another AFCON qualifier.
Africa’s Top 10 on August’s Fifa rankings (global position in brackets):
1. Tunisia (23)
2. Senegal (25)
3. DR Congo (40)
4. Morocco (45)
5. Nigeria (48)
6. Cameroon (50)
7. Ghana (51)
8. Burkina Faso (56)
9. Mali (63)
10. Egypt (64)
Belgium has climbed to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, alongside 2018 FIFA World Cup™ winners France, which means that the top spot is currently being shared for the first time in the table’s 25-year history.
A pair of wins for the Red Devils (1st, up 1), including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland (36th, down 4), has brought them level with Les Bleus (1st, unchanged) on 1,729 points. The only other change in the top ten sees Denmark (10th, down 1) slip below Spain (9th, unchanged).
Outside of the top ten, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up 6) over Czech Republic (47th, down 3) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up 3) have started to edge back toward the upper reaches.