By Tim Musungu
Kenya’s Harambee Stars has registered improvement after moving four places up in the latest Fifa/Coca-Cola World rankings released on Thursday.
The team under Coach Adel Amrouche, moves to position 122 from 126. The improvement could be attributed to the team’s superb performance against Nigeria’s Super Eagles during the 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier played away in Calabar in March.
Previously, Harambee Stars had occupied the 126th position, an improvement from the previous 128th. The latest rankings will be a morale booster to Amrouche especially as he prepares the team to face Nigeria in the return leg fixture on June 4 in Nairobi.
Harambee Stars’ best ever position in the rankings was a 68th place rank in 2008, then under coach Francis Kimanzi. Since then, Stars have been gradually coming down and now into the hundreds.
Kenya is the third best placed East African Country after Uganda, 92 and Tanzania 116. The Ugandans have moved down seven places after their 2-0 defeat to Liberia in the qualifiers while the Tanzanians are up three places after their 3-1 demolition of Morocco’s Atlas Lions in Dar Es Salaam.
Ivory Coast keeps the tag as the best placed African Country in the world after moving one place to 12th. African Champions Nigeria have moved down one place to 31st in the World and 4th in Africa.
Spain are topping the world list followed by Germany, Argentina, Croatia, Portugal, Colombia, England, Netherlands and Ecuador in that order.