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Kenyan's opponents in the World cup qualifiers-Malawi moved three places down to settle at position 114 while Namibia is just a spot above Kenya

Kenya's Harambee Stars has moved seven places up in the latest Fifa rankings released on Thursday. Stars jumped from position 134 to 127 globally while at the continental level they are now at position 38.

Kenyan's opponents in the World cup qualifiers-Malawi moved three places down to settle at position 114 while Namibia is just a spot above Kenya standing at position 126.

Nigeria's' Super Eagles who tops Kenya’s Group in the World cup campaign is ranked ninth in the continent and 52 internationally.

Regionally, Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup champions Uganda still remains the best ranked team at position 81 globally while continentally they are at position 21. Neighbours Tanzania are ranked  124th with Burundi at 104.

Ivory Coast remains Africa's kings retaining their top spot and a 14th place globally. Algeria, Mali, Ghana and Zambia follows in that order.

Internationally, Spain retains top spot followed by Germany, Argentina and Italy with Colombia completing the top five.

Burundi recently knocked Kenya out of the African Championships Competitions (Chan) after winning the first leg in Bujumbura 1-0 while holding stars to a scoreless draw at home. This is the first time Kenya is recording an improvement in its Fifa grid in the past nine months.

Stars have of late been active during Fifa calendars. They have played South Africa's Bafana Bafana and Tanzania's Taifa Stars where they were defeated 1-2 and 0-1 respectively. The team however, faired well at last years Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup held in Kampala, Uganda, where they finished as runners up.

The team is scheduled to play yet another friendly on February 6 against Libya in Tunis- Tunisia. The improvement in the rankings is a shot in the arm to the James Nandwa coached side as he prepares to face Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier slated for March.

 

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