Third straight rise sees Ghana overtake World Cup-bound Nigeria on Fifa Ranking

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A positional shift from 50th to 47th has put the Black Stars one spot above their continental arch-rivals on the global order

For the third successive time, Ghana have seen an upward movement on the World Fifa Ranking, following the publication of June’s edition on Thursday.

The new table sees the Black Stars move by three places from 50th to the 47th spot, with an accompanying increase in total accumulated points from 603 to 624.

Placed 49th in June last year, Ghana now find themselves between the Czech Republic (46) and continental rivals Nigeria (48) on the ladder.

The Black Stars surged by three places in April before moving up by one spot last month.

The latest rise is largely premised on James Kwesi Appiah’s outfit’s 2-0 victory over World Cup-bound Japan in an international friendly last week.

The four-time African champions will play another World Cup-bound side, Iceland, on Thursday.

On continental level, Ghana have moved up by two places from eight to sixth, ahead of Nigeria, Cameroon (49), Burkina Faso (52) and Mali (64) in the top 10.

Tunisia (21) still hold the first position, despite falling by seven places on the world ladder.  Senegal (27), Congo DR (38), Morocco (41), Egypt (45) make up the top five in Africa.

Back on the world table, there was no change among the top seven, with Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland and  France ranking from first in that order.

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Poland now hold the eighth spot, having moved up by two places, while Chile and Spain hold the ninth and 10th places respectively.

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 ranking will be updated on July 19.