The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya Ranking Slide Continues in Fifa Listing

The second place finish tKenya managed in the Council of East and Central Africa ~Football Associations Senior Challenge Cup has not translated into tangible improvement in the Fifa world rankings.

In fact Harambee Stars have dropped further according to the latest rankings released yesterday by the world football governing body.

Kenya hasve dropped four places from 130 to 134 but remain unchanged in African positioninh where they are 39th.

The drop was attributed to Harambee Stars 1-0 loss away to Tanzania's Taifa Stars in a friendly match last month. Stars also lost the African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier going down 1-0 to Burundi's Swallows last Sunday in Bujumbura though the results will only reflect in the next rankings to be released in January.

Ivory Coast are the best ranked team in Africa followed by Algeria and Mali while in the Cecafa region Uganda continued to be the top team at position 84th in the world followed by Sudan (101) and Burundi (104). Spain top the world's rankings pursued closely by Germany and Lionel Messi's Argentina.

Stars resumed residential training on Wednesday to start preparations for the return leg of the CHAN encpounter against Burundi on January 7 in Nairobi.

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