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Stars slip down world rankings


NAIROBI, Kenya, February 15- Kenya has slid down two places in the latest Coca-Cola FIFA World Rankings to nestle at position 122 as the country prepares to face Togo in a 2013 Africa Nations Cup knock-out qualifier.

Stars who were ranked 120th, their highest rating in a year last month, will face opponents who are listed in position 94 on February 29 in the first leg where the aggregate winner over two legs will qualify for the next round.

Head coach Francis Kimanzi and the squad are currently in training at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani without players from Tusker FC and Gor Mahia who are preparing to compete in the preliminary rounds of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup this weekend.

Freshly minted African champions, Zambia who edged out fancied Ivory Coast 8-7 on post-match penalties last Sunday are among the biggest movers up the rankings with a 28 place jump from position 71 to 43.

Beaten Ivory Coast are still the continent’s highest placed side on number 15 followed by Nations Cup semi finalists Ghana (23), Algeria (36) and Zambia.

Mali who finished third in the Equatorial Guinea/Gabon showpiece are listed fifth in Africa and 44th globally.

World and European champions Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Uruguay and England complete the top five in the world rankings released monthly on a point tallying system.