8 November 2012

Gambia's Slide Continues in World Rankings

Gambia dropped eleven places and four places in the world and African Rankings respectively for the month of November, as revealed by football's world governingbody, FIFA's latest Coca-Cold World Rankings on Wednesday. Having been ranked 131st in the world for the month of October and 38th in Africa, Gambia is now ranked 142nd and 42nd places respectively. It means Gambia is only ahead of a mediocre twelve nations.

Elsewhere in Africa, Algeria moved up five places in November's Fifa World Rankings to number 19, their highest position since the system was launched in 1993.Their rise was helped by their 2-0 win over Libya as the Desert Foxes qualified for next year's Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. Ivory Coast remain the top side in Africaand have risen one place globally to 15. The biggest movers were Niger, who leapt 30 places to 107 in the world. Their qualification for a second consecutive Nations Cup finals also took them from 42 on the continent to number 30. Togo's reward for overcoming Gabon to reach the Nations Cup was a rise of 20 places taking them to 73 globally and 17 in Africa. Losses to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in friendly matches saw Congo-Brazzaville drop 21 places overall.

Five-times world champions Brazil remained stuck outside the top 10 of the FIFA world rankings despite winning both friendlies last month and scoring 10 goals in the process. Brazil, whose next game is against Colombia next week, thumped Iraq 6-0 and Japan 4-0, yet rose only one place in the controversial table, from a record low 14th to 13th.

Despite winning most of their games, the 2014 World Cup hosts, who qualify automatically for the tournament, have been slipping steadily down the table over the last year as they have only been playing friendlies which carry less weight in the complex system.

Mano Menezes's side have played 19 games since the Copa America last year, winning 15. South American champions Uruguay's dramatic loss of form cost them a place in the top 10 as they slipped from seventh to 11th. They were thumped 3-0 by neighbours Argentina in a World Cup qualifier and slumped to a 4-1 defeat in Bolivia. Argentina's wins over Uruguay and Chile helped them into third place as they swapped places with Portugal. The leading two remained unchanged with world and European champions Spain on top, ahead of Germany.

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