Black Stars move a place up from 36th to 35th, placing 2nd in Africa, according to the latest FIFA ranking
Ghana’s Black Stars is
now the 35th best national football team in the world, and is also above her West African counterparts for the first time in five years. Ghana’s Black Stars move up to second place in Africa, surpassing Cote d’Ivoire in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday.
Algeria still kept their position in Africa as the highest rated nation in the latest ranking. Simply put; Ghana on the continental level, have moved to second, behind Algeria who is first, and above Ivory Coast who is now third, for the first time since 2011.
According to reports, Ghana’s highest ever performance since the ranking’s introduction in August 1993, was a 14th place in February 2008, while their worst placement was when the country came in 89th in June 2004.
On the global level, Ghana is now between the Czech Republic (34) and Cote d’Ivoire (36) on the ladder. Senegal (41), Egypt (43), Tunisia (45), Morocco (53), Cameroon (54), Congo DR (56) and Cape Verde (58) complete the top 10 respectively. Morocco surpassed Cameroon, with Cape Verde replacing Mali in the top ten ranked nations in Africa.
Also on the global level, there was no change among the top 19. Argentina maintained their position as the highest ranked team in the world, while Belgium also kept their place as second. Like in the previous ranking; Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile, maintained their top 5 positions.
Euro 2016 champions Portugal, France, Spain, Brazil and Italy complete the top ten in the ranking. The next edition of the ranking will be released on September 15.
Ghana’s Black Stars will have their next big game in September with Rwanda, in the AFCON qualifiers. See the top ten list of the rankings below.
Top 10 FIFA World Ranking as of August 2016
Top 10 FIFA Ranking for Africa
3. Cote d’Ivoire
9. Congo DR