The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya/Libya: Star Move a Place Up in Fifa Rankings

Harambee Stars have moved one step up in the latest Fifa ranking released yesterday. Stars are now placed 126 one slot up a slot from their position a month ago.

The latest rise is insignificant than what was anticipated with Stars having recorded a 3-0 win over 47th ranked Libya earlier in the month.

The loss saw Libya drop 15 places down to 62nd position. Kenya had 256 points in the previous ranking but now have 264 points. By claiming the Africa Cup of Nations title, Nigeria moved up 22 places up to position 30, their best placing since 2010.

Burkina Faso, who finished second to Nigeria, moved up 37 places to place 55th while hosts South Africa are 60th, 25 slots better than their position a month ago. Cote d'Ivoire achieved their best-ever world ranking at position 12 after rising two positions despite bowing out of the African competition at the knock out stage.

Spain remains the best team in the world followed by Germany, Argentina, and England and Italy in that order in the top 5. Ghana moved up 7 places to 19th, Mali remains rooted at the 25th spot while African champions Nigeria moved 22 spots up to 30th spot in the world ranking. Neighbours Uganda dropped three places to 84th, Ethiopia dropped 4 places to 114, Burundi dropped 11 places to 115 while Rwanda gained 7 spots up to position 130.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chairman Sam Nyamweya on Tuesday announced that Harambee Stars will be getting a new coach within the next one week. The new coach will be deputised by current care taker coach James Nandwa, who has enjoyed a good stint at the helm as head coach since the departure of Henri Michel.

Kenya's next competitive assignment will be against African champions Nigeria in the 2014 FIFA world Cup qualifiers in mid March. Before the Nigerian meet, Kenya plans to play another friendly with FKF announcing that they have already received invites from Congo Brazzaville and Egypt.

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