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Ghana up as last Fifa Ranking for 2017 is unveiled

10:18 PM GMT+8 21/12/2017
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The Black Stars finish three places better than they started the year

Ghana end the year as the 50th best national male football team in the world following the announcement of the Fifa World Ranking for the month of December.

Released on Thursday, the new table sees the Black Stars move from a previous 51st position of November to a current 50 spot, but with no increase in total accumulated points.

Placed 53rd in December last year, Ghana now find themselves between Bolivia (49) and Nigeria (51) on the ladder.

On continental level, Ghana have moved one step forward to the eighth spot, ahead of Nigeria (51) and Algeria (58) in the top 10.

Senegal, who rose to 23rd on the world ranking last month - their best ever in history - still maintain that spot, leaving them as Africa's No.1, ahead of Tunisia (27), Egypt (31), DR Congo (39), Morocco (40), Burkina Faso (44) and Cameroon (45)

Back on the global stage, there was no change among the top 35, 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.

December's ranking remained largely unchanged from that of November as just 41 ‘A’ internationals were played since the previous edition, with the top teams barely involved.

Ghana’s highest ever performance since the ranking’s introduction in August 1993 remains a 14 place in February 2008, while its worst placement was a 89 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.

With March's Afcon 2019 qualifiers moved forward, Kwesi Appiah's charges are expected to play friendlies during the next Fifa international break next year.

The ranking will be updated on January 18.