Kenya:Harambee Stars drop in the FIFA ranking
By Samuel Ouma |@journalist_27
Kenya’s men national soccer team Harambee Stars have performed dismally in the latest ranking by the world football governing body FIFA.
Results released by FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday saw Kenya drop two places in the world. Stars are in position 107 in the 211-nation rankings from 105 in the last standing announced in June.
The drop is believed to have been caused by lackluster display in this year’s African Cup of Nation in Egypt. Sebastian Migne’s charges were eliminated at group stage after losing to both Algeria and Senegal by margins of 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. They managed a single narrow win of 3-2 against neighbours Tanzania who were appearing to the tourney since 1980.
Uganda has emerged as the best team in FIFA ranking in Eastern Africa at position 80, followed by Kenya and then Sudan at 129.
Senegal leads in Africa, Tunisia and Nigeria come second and third, the current African Champion Algeria is in fourth position and Morocco closes the best five teams in Africa.
Globally, Belgium has retained the top spot, Copa America winner Brazil is second, 2018 the world cup winner France has dropped to position three, England and Uruguay are fourth and fifth respectively.
The news comes at a time when the team is preparing for African Nations Championship (Chan) and 2021 AFCON qualifiers. Kenya will travel to Dar es Salaam on Sunday, July 28 to take on Tanzania before hosting them in Nairobi in chan 2020 qualifier on August 4.
On November 11, 2019, Stars will battle African football giant Egypt in Cairo in the 33rd AFCON qualifier and host Togo on November 19. The East African country was pitted against Egypt, Togo and Comoros Island in Group G in the draw done last week by CAF.