Further downward slide for Ghana on Fifa Ranking

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The Black Stars have receded to a position they occupied same time last year on the world order

Ghana have fallen by one place on the latest edition of the World Fifa Ranking announced on Thursday.

October's publication sees the Black Stars move from 51st to the 52nd spot, although there was no change in their total accumulated points of 1407.

The decline comes a month after the team slumped down the table by six places, the joint-worst fall by any of the 210 nations on September's order. 

The latest recession can be attributed to the lack of competitive action in November as the Black Stars' double-header against Sierra Leone in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying was cancelled at the last hour. 

James Kwesi Appiah's outfit's last game, thus, remains a 1-0 loss to Kenya in September. 

On continental level, Ghana still hold the seventh position, ahead of Burkina Faso (57 in the world), Egypt (58) and Cote d'Ivoire (64) in Africa’s top 10. Tunisia (22), Senegal (25), Nigeria (44), Congo DR (46), Morocco (47) and Cameroon (51) are Africa’s top six sides. 

Back to the world table, there was no movement into the first 10. Belgium, tying France at the top of the table last month, however, now stand alone as the kings of the order with a one-point separation. 

Brazil and Croatia hold the third and fourth places respectively, with England displacing Uruguay from the fifth spot to sixth. Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark complete the top 10 in that order. 

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

The Black Stars return to action next month when they take on Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The next edition of the ranking will be released on November 29.