Ghana moves three places up in latest FIFA World ranking

The Black Stars starting line-up.
The Black Stars starting line-up.

Ghana has moved up three places to regain its third position in Africa and 38th in the latest world ranking, released by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) on Thursday.

Ghana, was helped by the results of the Black Stars matches over the past two weeks to move up in the ranking released by the world governing body.

Ghana, previously occupying the 41st position, has now moved to the 38th position in the global ranking.

A total of 171 games, was taken into account for the April edition of the FIFA rankings, which includes 51 qualifiers for Russia 2018, 60 continental qualifiers and 60 international friendlies.

Ghana, played a two-legged crucial Afcon qualifiers against Mozambique since the previous rankings which were released in March, drawing 0-0 in Maputo and winning the first leg 3-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Argentina takes over from Belgium at the top in the new FIFA World ranking, while world champions Germany slip down to fifth and Copa America winners Chile move up to third — the highest they have ever been.

Black Stars are third in Africa, with Algeria, AFCON holders Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Egypt completing the top five on the continent.

Algeria were African’s highest-placed team in 33rd, one ahead of Ivory Coast, while 16th-ranked Mexico led the way for CONCACAF.

Three-time continental champions Nigeria dropped to 67th after failing to qualify for next year’s African Nations Cup.

Colombia moved up to fourth place but Spain are down to sixth, just ahead of Brazil and Portugal.

England slip to 10th with Uruguay jumping above them into the top 10 at the expense of 11th placed Austria.

Australia jumped 17 spots to make it into the top 50 but Nigeria, who failed to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup tournament, slipped five spots to 67th as Morocco climbed an incredible 17 places to 64th.

Source: GNA

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