Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings: Harambee Stars' downward spiral continues

13 April, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Terri Saunders
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The 2014 World Cup champions were beaten 1-0 at home in their last game before squads will be named for this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

Tunisia are Africa's big movers in the upper echelon of the continent's sides, but lower down the pecking order, Tanzania have also moved nine spots up to 137th place after a productive global break in which they downed the DRC.

Germany and Brazil are unmoved in the World top two in that order.

Inspired by their victory over Poland in March's worldwide friendly, Gernot Rohr's men climbed five placed - a position which makes them the sixth best team in Africa behind Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco and Egypt.

Nigeria have been static in 52nd place for two months, but in the latest FIFA Ranking, they are now the 47th country in world football.

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The last World Cup expansion was introduced back in 1998, when the 24-team tournament was increased to the current 32-team event, with 13 slots now available for European nations and a 14th added this summer as Russian Federation are hosts.

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan remained static in 197th, 200th and 203rd positions respectively.

DR Congo comes third but at position 38 in the world with 711 points.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino is "ready for controversy" at the World Cup after the use of video assistant referees (VAR) at the tournament was approved last month.

Iceland also made a downward movement, falling four places from 18th to 22nd.



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