Ghana drops again on Fifa ranking

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The Black Stars are now the 50th best national football team in the world, 14 places down their position same time last year

Ghana have fallen yet again, this time by a place, on the latest Fifa World Ranking released on Thursday.

July’s ranking sees Ghana on the 50th position with an accompanying decrease in total accumulated points from 678 to 665, having earlier dropped by four positions in June’s release.

Placed 36th in July last year, Ghana now find themselves between Haiti (49) and Korea Republic (51) on the ladder.

On continental level, the Black Stars still hold on to the ninth position, only above Cote d’Ivoire (56) in Africa’s top 10.

Egypt (24) still lead the pack on the continent, while Senegal (27), Congo DR (28), Tunisia (34), 2017 Afcon champions Cameroon (36), Nigeria (39), Burkina Faso (44) and Algeria (48) make up the top eight in that order.

Back on the global stage, Germany, following their recent Confederations Cup triumph, have reclaimed the top position for the first time since giving it away exactly two years ago.

Brazil and Argentina have consequently moved down to the second and third positions respectively, but Portugal, Switzerland and Poland keep hold of the fourth, fifth and sixth spots, in that order, from last month.

Chile, Colombia, France and Belgium, in that sequence, complete the top 10.

Ghana’s highest ever performance since the ranking’s introduction in August 1993 remains a 14th place in February 2008, while their worst placement was an 89th position in June 2004.

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In their last assignments, the Black Stars had mixed results, hammering Ethiopia 5-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last month, before falling 1-0 and 2-1 to Mexico and the USA respectively in friendlies.

The team return to action in late August when they face Congo in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The next edition of the ranking will be published on August 10.

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