NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – Kenya has jumped a massive 17 places to position 68 in the FIFA World rankings released on Wednesday.
Harambee Stars’ rise in the charts is due to its impressive form in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which saw them win three matches, draw one and lose two to finish second in Group B behind 2006 World Cup finalists Guinea with 10 points.
Finishing runners up in the group put Stars in the second round of the qualifiers where they have been placed in a tough Group B alongside Mozambique, Nigeria’s ‘Super Eagles’ and Tunisia.
Stars campaign was overseen by the Harambee Stars Management Board made up of officials from the Kenyan government, Kenya Premier League and the Kenya Football Federation (KFF).
The board appointed Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi to steer the national side through the qualifiers, a move which has yielded impressive results so far.
Stars are currently preparing for the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup to be held in Uganda from December 30 to January 13.
Kenya who bowed out in the quarter finals of the same tournament last year have been drawn in Group B with defending champions Sudan, Burundi, Eritrea and Djibouti.
Cameroon is still the highest placed African nation in 14 position while African champions Egypt have jumped five places to 16th.
The Super Eagles moved up three places to creep into the top 20 to settle in 19th position on the back of their unbeaten run in the qualifiers while Stars other qualification rivals Tunisia are 46th.
European champions Spain still top the standings with 1663 points followed by Germany and The Netherlands who swapped with world champions Italy at fourth.