BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,16TH OCT 2017-Kenyan national soccer team Harambee Stars has dropped 14 places down in the latest FIFA world ranking. Kenya is now at position 102.
The latest report follows a series of poor performances from the stars from both international friendly matches played locally and abroad.Stars lost two international friendlies against Iraq and Thailand.
Iraq who defeated Harambee Stars 2-1 are placed 80th in the rank climbing eight places up. Thailand on the other hand who were ranked the same has dropped to 137, a place down.
Tunisia moved up three places to rank as Africa’s best team at 28th while Egypt who qualified to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 remained static at position 30. Senegal is the third best ranked African country after moving one spot up to 32nd.
Worldwide, the top five has not changed with Germany still on top. South Africa have climbed six places in the FIFA World Rankings but still find themselves way down the list while Tunisia replaced Egypt as Africa’s highest ranked nation.
Bafana Bafana maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes with a convincing 3-1 win over Burkina Faso earlier this month to also boost their global standings, although Stuart Baxter’s men still sit 74th on the table and 16th in Africa.