Twiga Stars still lowly ranked in FIFA Women's World Ranking

27Jun 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Twiga Stars still lowly ranked in FIFA Women's World Ranking

TANZANIA' senior national women soccer team, Twiga Stars, have maintained their place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking, as per the latest ranking released by the world soccer governing body on Thursday.

Senior national women soccer team, Twiga Stars

Twiga Stars are currently positioned 139th in the ranking, with members of the East and Central Africa region, namely Ethiopia and Kenya, having been placed above the former.

The Tanzanian girls recorded 978 points to land the place in the ranking, two places below Kenya that have recorded 986 points to stay 137th.

Twiga Stars have not enjoyed much success in recent competitions which are recognized by FIFA.

They succumbed to an early exit in the 2018 Women's African Cup of Nations' qualifiers, held between February 26-March 6, 2018.

Twiga Stars conceded defeat to Zambia in the first round of the qualifiers via an away goals' rule.

The two teams settled for 3-3 draw in the first leg of the qualifiers, which took place in Dar es Salaam.

The second leg, which took place in Lusaka, ended with Twiga Stars holding Zambia to 1-1 draw.

The Zambian girls, for that matter, made it to the second round thanks to the away goals' rule.

Twiga Stars so far managed to make their presence felt in the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Women Challenge Cup, which was played in Dar es Salaam in November last year.

Twiga Stars settled for the second spot in the tournament after suffering loss to Kenya 'Harambee Starlets' in the final.

Twiga Stars were thereafter runners-up in the Union of North Africa Football Associations (UNAF)'s women's tournament which was played in Tunisia from February 13-23.

The competition, which had Twiga Stars competing in as guest team, had Morocco lifting the silverware. Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia also took part in the showpiece.

Ethiopia are holding the 111th spot in the FIFA Women's World Ranking as they have collected 1151 points.

Rwanda and Uganda that are also CECAFA members have been positioned below Twiga Stars in the latest FIFA Women's World Ranking.

Rwanda has been placed 144th after collecting 899 points, Uganda holds the 146th spot, having recorded 868 points.

Nigeria (38th) is the topmost ranked African team in the FIFA Women's World Ranking, whereas Cameroon holds the 51st spot, South Africa (53rd) and Ghana (60th).

Movement among the top three, notable surges and tumbles, as well as a new addition, the last edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking, published on 27 March, reflected the results of numerous international matches and tournaments that had taken place in the preceding weeks. Three months later, and the exact opposite is true.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, which has temporarily paralysed the world of football, no international women's matches have been played in recent months.

And just as in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Ranking, there are no changes in June’s edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking.

Consequently, USA continue to lead the way, with Germany and France in second and third respectively.

Just beneath this triumvirate are, in descending order, the Netherlands, Sweden, England and Australia. Brazil, Canada and Korea DPR complete the top 10.

The best placed Oceanic and African nations are New Zealand and Nigeria, occupying 23rd and 38th place respectively.

Obviously, we can expect the classification to change accordingly once international matches resume.

And the encouraging news is that qualifying matches for various continental competitions are once again on the horizon.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 14 August 2020.