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Ghana unmoved in first Fifa Ranking of 2018

2:00 PM GMT 18/01/2018
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The Black Stars still hold on to their December spot, according to the latest release

Ghana are unchanged in the first edition of the Fifa World Ranking of the New Year.

Thursday’s release sees the Black Stars still occupying the 50th position attained in December, with an accompanying rise in total accumulated points by two.

Placed 54th in January last year, Ghana now find themselves between Bolivia (49) and Nigeria (51) on the ladder.

On continental level, the Black Stars still hold the eighth position in Africa, ahead of the Super Eagles and Algeria (57).

Tunisia (23), who moved four places on the world table, have claimed Africa’s top position, displacing Senegal (24) to the second spot.

Egypt (30), Morocco (39), DR Congo (43), Burkina Faso (44) and Cameroon (45) complete the top seven.

Back on the global stage, there was no change among the top 14, with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium sitting first to fifth in that order.

Spain, Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile complete the top ten in that order.

January's ranking was only slightly different from December’s as just 22 ‘A’ internationals – all friendlies - were played since the previous edition.

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.

The Black Stars’ last assignment was a 1-1 home draw with Egypt in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying in November.

Kwesi Appiah's charges are expected to play friendlies during the next Fifa international break in March.

The ranking will be updated on February 15.