17 April 2018

Ethiopia: National Football Side Slide to 145th Place in World FIFA Rankings

This was another blow in the span of 30 days. Ethiopian national football team went down 8 places to take 145th position in the April FIFA world rankings that was announced on Thursday. The Ethiopian team African position has also gone down to the 41st place.

Look at the March FIFA rankings: The Ethiopian national football team has suffered the first blow in FIFA's March rankings when they were down to 137th position in the world after dropping two places and are 39th on the continent. In the February rankings Ethiopia remained 39th in Africa and 135th globally.

Right after the country qualified for the African Nations Cup for the first time in 31 years in October 2012, they ranked 102 in the world moving up 16 places.

Comparing to that, Ethiopia's current 145th position is disappointing. Ethiopia's best position was registered in 2006 when it ranked 92nd. The only other time Ethiopia broke in the top 100 was back in 1993 ranking 96. Ethiopia had also the 95th position. These positions were seen as signs of improvement.

The monthly rankings of the world football governing body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) sometimes creates confusion to understand.

The Ethiopian national football team climbed six places to 145th in the world and 44th in Africa in the November, 2017 FIFA world rankings despite repeated defeats and inability to take advantage of the second chance to go through to the fifth African Championship finals, CHAN Cup, after conceding a 3-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Rwanda.

At this time there is no qualification or friendly matches for the senior side but they continuously slide down.

But in November despite repeated defeats the national side climbed 6 places up. FIFA announced that the ranking system will be changed very shortly but the system remains the same until now.

Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia are in the least row of the FIFA world rankings.

Meanwhile, World Cup-bound Tunisia have moved up nine places to number 14 on April's Fifa World Rankings, their highest ever position.

Their move comes on the back of 1-0 wins over Iran and Costa Rica in friendly matches in March.

It is the highest position for any African nation since Ivory Coast were ranked 13 in July 2013.

Senegal, another team heading to Russia, are second on the continent and 28 globally.

Africa's other three World Cup teams are closely ranked on the overall list with Morocco at 42, Egypt 46 and Nigeria the lowest of the quintet at 47.

Tunisia nine-place gain was the biggest on the continent matched only by Tanzania, who are now 37 in Africa and 137 globally.

The Tanzanians gain comes after a 4-1 loss to Algeria and a 2-0 win over the highly-ranked DR Congo.

The biggest losers on the continent were Liberia who dropped 16 places to 151 overall and 45 in Africa.

Germany and Brazil remain first and second respectively on the global rankings with Belgium gaining two spots to grab third place.


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