FIFA Rankings: Leone Stars drop out of top 20 in Africa

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Nov

* Crash to lowest ranking in Africa since August 2014

Sierra Leone misery in the latest FIFA world rankings continues after losing five out of six matches in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nation’s qualifiers, conceding 14 goals in the process.

The Leone Stars dropped seven places to 84 in the World and 23 in Africa for the first time after being placed 7th on the African list for August their highest ever ranking.

Leone Stars consistent run of bad results after August this year have seen a steady decline in the team’s ratings as they continue to nose-dive.
Football authorities in Sierra Leone emerge as one of the worst in recent months, with alleged match fixing allegation, none stop controversies during the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers.

Before the 2015 qualifiers under their former Irish international head coach Johnny McKinstry, Sierra Leone played six matches, losing just one against Cape Verde Islands 1-0, in the FIFA World Cup qualifier.

However, one of their most prominent result under the Irishman is achieving a 2-2 draw against African powerhouse Tunisia in the same competition.

McKinstry also steered the team into the group stages of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after beating Swaziland and Seychelles in the knock-out stages, with a 2-0 victory over the latter falling into the time period used for the August ranking.

Since his sacking Leone Stars have been nose-diving in the global rankings.

Meanwhile, Algeria remains top of the summit in African football with 948 points which put them in the 18th position in the world while Tunisia are second in Africa and ranked 22nd in the world.

Guinea Ebola affected country like Sierra Leone are the biggest movers 38th in the world and 6th in Africa.

Germany, Argentina and Colombia hold the first, second and third spots in the world respectively as Fifa World Cup hosts Brazil retained their sixth spot in the world.

Highest FIFA ranking
50 – August 2014.

Lowest FIFA Ranking
172 – September 2007.

Best Mover
26 – July 2008

Worst mover
-40 – July 2009

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018

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