Ghana’s poor 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the recent defeats in the two international friendly games against Mexico and the US have taken their toll and ensured that for the first time in about a decade, the Black Stars are ranked outside the top 50 teams in the world.
The latest Coca-Cola FIFA Ranking, released on Thursday, September 14 indicated that the Black Stars now occupy the 52nd position. In August, Ghana was 50th in the rankings that are released every month.
Ghana are now 8th in Africa behind some of the in-form sides from Africa.
Elsewhere, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have fallen six spots and are now ranked 44th in the global ranking after losing 1-0 to Benin Republic in an African Nations Championship qualifier, a game classed as a ‘friendly’ by Fifa.
Egypt remain the highest ranked nation on the continent, just one place ahead of Tunisia despite dropping five positions after a 1-0 defeat to Uganda in a World Cup qualifier.
The movers benefited from older results dropping in value in the four-year cycle of matches used for the calculations.
Egypt stayed top of the African list‚ with Tunisia now occupying second place ahead of Senegal.
DR Congo and a resurgent Nigeria round out the top five‚ with Ivory Coast‚ for so long the top team on the continent‚ now in ninth.
Cape Verde’s new FIFA ranking of 67th in the world released on Thursday 14 September placed the country as the biggest movers in the latest placement of men’s football.
The Blue Sharks, who were ranked at 114 in previous ranks released in August, moved up 47 places after two victories over South Africa in 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Germany have moved back to the top of the global list‚ followed by Brazil‚ Portugal‚ Argentina and Belgium.
Poland‚ Switzerland‚ France‚ Chile and Colombia round out the top ten.
Africa’s top 10 on September’s Fifa rankings – global ranking in brackets:
1. Egypt (30)
2. Tunisia (31)
3. Senegal (33)
4. DR Congo (42)
5. Nigeria (44)
6. Cameroon (45)
7. Burkina Faso (49)
8. Ghana (52)
9. Ivory Coast (54)
10. Morocco (56)
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