FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia Poor Show On Fifa Continues

Gambia's poor performance on FIFA monthly country-rater shows no sign of abating as the inactive Scorpions disappointingly sit at positions 145 in the world.

Mancini and charges plummet further slipping off two places despite a test match 1-1 draw with Angola in December.

While other African countries make a huge bump up in their standings, thanks to the African Cup Of Nations - a tournament Gambia has never qualified for - slowly dispirited Gambian fans will have problems gulping on this result.

Africa, Gambia rates 42 just above twelve teams in a continent of fifty-four countries. Ivory Coast are top in Africa, Ghana, Mali and Nations Cup winners Nigeria as fifth. Nigeria climbed 22 places to 30th - their best ranking since August 2010 - while beaten finalists Burkina Faso (55th, have moved up a massive 37 places to 55th.

Although former Africa Cup of Nations winners Côte d'Ivoire (12th, up 2) bowed out at the quarter-final stage, last year's runners-up have achieved their best-ever world ranking (12th). However, the Elephants have not made it into the top ten, where Spain (1st, unchanged) continue to reign supreme ahead of Germany (2nd, unchanged) and Argentina (3rd, unchanged). England (4th, up 2) complete the top four after their home win over Brazil.

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