Tanzania drops in FIFA ranking

10Feb 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania drops in FIFA ranking

TANZANIA has experienced a drop in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world ranking, as the country has been placed 158th.

The rankings, which were released on Thursday, reveals Tanzania registered 152 points to drop two places.

A below par performance by the senior national soccer team 'Taifa Stars' in recent continental assignments has contributed to the development in the ranking.

Stars failed to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which was played in Gabon from January 14 to February 5 and won by Cameroon.

Stars also managed a 1-1 draw with Kenya in the international friendly match which was held at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on May 29 last year.

Tanzania is, moreover, among the lowly ranked members of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA).

Tanzania is below the council's highest ranked country, Uganda, which occupies the 75th position in the FIFA ranking.

Other CECAFA members that are above Tanzania in the FIFA ranking are Kenya (87th), Rwanda (100th), Ethiopia (103rd), Burundi (138th) and Sudan (139th).

CECAFA members that are below Tanzania in the ranking are South Sudan (169th), Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia, which have tied for the 205th position with no point.

The most significant changes for the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola world ranking arrive courtesy of matches played at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Cameroon’s victory at the tournament helped them climb 29 places into 33rd position while Egypt’s silver-medal finish secured them a place in the Top 25.

The Pharaohs (23, plus 12) are now the highest ranked CAF team. AFCON semi-finalists Burkina Faso (38, plus 15) and Ghana (45, plus 9) also enjoyed large gains while quarter- finalists Congo DR (37, plus 12), Morocco (48, plus 9) and hosts Gabon (87, plus 21) also have cause to celebrate.

In total, 60 matches counted towards the latest ranking. These included the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (32 games), the 2017 Copa Centroamericana (15 games) and international friendlies (13 games).

The aforementioned moves for teams at the African Cup of Nations weren't the only results from a tournament which meant positive ranking results for nations.

Honduras (65, plus 10) and El Salvador (114, plus 24) enjoyed substantial gains thanks to their performances at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana held from 13 to 22 January.

Despite the many successes from the Americas and Africa over the preceding weeks, the composition of the top five teams remains unchanged for the February ranking. Argentina (1), Brazil (2), Germany (3), Chile (4) and Belgium (5) hold onto their positions while France (6, plus 1) move past Colombia (7, minus 1).

A notable mention must go to the following five teams, who all teams reached best-ever positions this month: Poland (14, plus 1), Peru (18, plus 1), Iceland (20, plus 1), Congo DR (37, plus 12), and Curacao (73, plus 2).

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