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BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,23RD NOV 2017-Kenyan national soccer team Harambee Stars has dropped fallen nine places down in the latest ranking released by world football governing body FIFA on Thursday 23 November.
The drop now sees Stars occupy position 111 globally with the same expected to be the order in the next month due to lack of action the month of November where they had been slated to take on Zambia in a friendly clash only for the tie to abort at the 11th hour.
Stars opponents in the 2019 AFCON qualification process Ghana have not made much negative progress only dropping one place down to position 51 globally and ninth in Africa. Other Stars opponents in the Group F, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia are ranked 97th and 145th respectively.
In the CECAFA region, Uganda still tops the rankings despite dropping four positions down from last month’s rankings to position 74, Rwanda and Burundi who will be facing Stars in group matches in this years’ CECAFA showpiece slated for Kenya are placed 120th and 138th respectively.
Senegal, who overcame South Africa early this month to make it to the 2018 World Cup were one of the biggest climbers. The Lions of Teranga have risen to 23rd – their highest-ever position on the global ladder. They are now the top-ranked African nation, having leapfrogged fellow Russia 2018 qualifiers Tunisia (27th, up 1) and Egypt (31st, down 1).
There are no changes in the global rankings as the first five positions are occupied by Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium respectively.