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Kenya Inches Up Two Places In Latest FIFA Ranking

Harambee Stars midfielder Whyvonne Isuza (left) attempts to beat a Libyan opponent in their second Group A CECAFA Senior Challenge match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday, November 5, 2017. PHOTO/SPN
Harambee Stars midfielder Whyvonne Isuza (left) attempts to beat a Libyan opponent in their second Group A CECAFA Senior Challenge match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday, November 5, 2017. PHOTO/SPN
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NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya has inched up two places in the latest Coca-Cola FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday to settle in 111th and 28th in Africa.

This is after the national football team, Harambee Stars, drew 2-2 with Comoros before going down 2-3 to Central Africa Republic in their last outings during the March international football window.

The rise in the Ranking can be attributed to the progress of SportPesa Premier League champions, Gor Mahia FC in the second-tier continental tournament, the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup.

K’Ogalo made the group stages of the competition for the first time when they edged South African giants, SuperSport United on the away goal rule following a 2-2 draw on aggregate after two legs.

Gor drew 0-0 with visiting Algerian side, USM Alger on Wednesday night to gain a second point in Group D following their 1-1 stalemate with Rwanda’s Rayon Sport in Kigali.

Kenya has since appointed Frenchman, Sebastian Migne, to take charge of the national side with the team scheduled to play five international friendlies before taking on Ghana in their second 2019 AFCON qualifier at home in September.

Meanwhile Uganda remain the best ranked country in the Cecafa region at position 74 with Rwanda (123), Sudan (126), Tanzania (137), Ethiopia, Burundi (146) following in that order behind Kenya.

Kuwait soar

Globally, world champions, Germany still lead the standings ahead of Brazil and Belgium who round the top three.

Just seven international ‘A’ matches, all friendlies, took place in the past month and as a result there are few movers in the latest rankings.

In fact, the first 47 positions remain totally unchanged from April’s ranking, but outside the top 50, a couple of nations have made notable advances.

Kuwait (160, up 16) leap up the table thanks in part to their 2-0 friendly victory over Palestine.

Just three more sides – Grenada (163, plus eight), Benin (84, up six) and Botswana (142, up six) – moved up more than five ranking spots in the past month.

The Philippines (111, up 2) attained their best ever position in the Ranking, due to the Azkals’ positive results in recent months – which included qualifying for their maiden AFC Asian Cup.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on June 7.

-Additional material from FIFA.com used to compile this report


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