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FIFA Rankings: AFCON performances rewarded, Kenya stagnates

By Petterson Gachugu | February 10th 2017
Going by the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday, 9th February 2017, a lot has happened. Harambee Stars has retained its 87th position, same as one held last month.

African champions Cameroon came out as the best mover. She climbed 29 spots to land in position 33 and third in Africa. Egypt tops in the continent for the first time since 2010, and they are 23rd globally. Pharaohs have climbed twelve positions same as DR Congo who are now fifth in Africa.

Bronze medalists in Gabon meant an upward curve for Burkina Faso who climbed 15 positions and are now 38th in Africa and sixth in the continent. Ghana who finished fourth, are now eighth.

Ivory Coast’s early exit in the group stages in the concluded AFCON tourney, has seen the Elephants dropping to position 47, down 13 positions.

Despite Nigeria’s absence in Gabon, they are now seventh in Africa and 41 in the world; up nine spots.

Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia follow each other in that order in Africa as DR Congo concludes the top five.

In East Africa, Kenya is second behind neighbors Uganda Canes who are 16th in the continent and 75 globally. Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania follow the two to make the best five in the region.

No changes noted worldwide, as Argentina continue leading the pack followed by Brazil. Germany is third, Chile is fourth while Belgium closes in for the top five countries in the world.
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