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South Sudan moves up eleven places in FIFA ranking

By David Mono Danga

With just two wins, South Sudan has improved its FIFA ranking by jumping 11 places to sit in the 162nd position with 997 points.

The Bright Stars now 162nd on the latest FIFA ranking table released last week Thursday at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

This comes after the Bright Stars lashed Seychelles 3-1 on aggregate (1-0 home in Khartoum and 2-1 Away in Victoria, Seychelles) in the preliminary stage of the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations – AFCON Qualifiers.

The home and away win over the Pirates qualified South Sudan into the Group State of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers with notorious rivals, Uganda, West African giants Bukina Faso and Southern African sides Malawi whom South Sudan is going to face in their first match of the group stage away.

The President of South Sudan Football Associations (SSFA), Francis Amin Michael expressed his happiness after hearing the news.

“Slowly we shall work hard to try and improve football in South Sudan. We are happy that we have improved in the FIFA rankings,” he said.

“We shall continue to work hard,” Amin promised.

The improvement in ranking also sees South Sudan move to eighth place in the Council of East and central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) rankings.

Uganda are better ranked in FIFA at 79th and top in the Cecafa region, while Kenya is second and 108th in the FIFA rankings.

Senegal are the best African on the rather, sitting at the 20th position while Belgium still tops the FIFA world ranking with 1755 points.

South Sudan stands more chances of improving in the FIFA rankings if they perform well in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers if they pick more points against fellow Group B teams; Uganda, Malawi and Burkina Faso.

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