South Sudan Drops in FIFA World Ranking 2018


The U-20 national Team at the Star Times Stadium, Kampala Uganda (Photo by Samir Bol)


By David Mono Danga

South Sudan dropped further to the 155th position in the latest FIFA World rankings released on Thursday last week.

South Sudan ranked 46th in the continent with 239 points only Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia are the other worst performing countries in the least row of the FIFA world rankings.

South Sudan has not been participating in International friendlies since 2012 when the Bright Stars held the Uganda Cranes to a 2-2 draw at Juba Stadium.

The match was played on the 10th of July to commemorate the 1st independence anniversary.

Kenya and Ethiopian dropped most positions, with the latter dropping 8 steps below the previous ranking held in march this year. Ethiopia is now placed at the 145th position in the April FIFA world rankings. The Ethiopian team African position also went down to the 41st place.

Meanwhile, World Cup-bound Tunisia have moved up nine places to number 14 on April’s Fifa World Rankings, their highest ever position.

Their move comes on the back of 1-0 wins over Iran and Costa Rica in friendly matches in March.

It is the highest position for any African nation since Ivory Coast were ranked 13 in July 2013.

Senegal, another team heading to Russia, are second on the continent and 28 globally.

Africa’s other three World Cup teams are closely ranked on the overall list with Morocco at 42, Egypt 46 and Nigeria the lowest of the quintet at 47.

Tunisia nine-place gain was the biggest on the continent matched only by Tanzania, who are now 37 in Africa and 137 globally.

The Tanzanians gain comes after a 4-1 loss to Algeria and a 2-0 win over the highly-ranked DR Congo.

The biggest losers on the continent were Liberia who dropped 16 places to 151 overall and 45 in Africa.

Germany and Brazil remain first and second respectively on the global rankings with Belgium gaining two spots to grab third place.

It is also important to note that Teams that have been inactive for more than four years did not appear on the FIFA World ranking table.

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