Africa: FIFA Rankings – Harambee Stars Drop, South Sudan Gain


Kenya has dropped one place to 104th globally in the latest Fifa rankings which has witnessed major changes after scores of matches played across the world during the last international break.

After rising three spots in October courtesy of 2-1 win against 2012 African champions Zambia in Nairobi, Harambee Stars lost ground due to dismal performances against minnows Comoros in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches on November 11 and November 15.

Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee’s men drew 1-1 in Nairobi and then suffered a 2-1 defeat in return leg at the hands of the Islanders in Moroni in their Group “G” matches to deal a blow to their chances of going to Afcon for the second straight time.

Kenya went into those fixtures ranked 29 places above Comoros. In both matches, Kenya conceded first.

Kenya are third in the four-team group with three points from identical 1-1 draws against Egypt in Alexandria and Togo in Nairobi in November 2019 and the results against Comoros.

Seven-time African champions Egypt lead the qualification race on eight points, same as Comoros who occupy second place and the last spot for reaching Cameroon in 2022.

Togo out

The Togolese have already been eliminated after picking a solitary point from four matches.

Kenya will join Togo on the list of spectators if Mulee’s side fails to get emphatic wins against Egypt in Nairobi and Togo in Lome on March 22 and March 30 next year.

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