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Fading Stars slide down FIFA rankings

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 19- Kenya has slipped down four places to position 134 in the latest Coca-Cola Fifa World Rankings released Wednesday with World and European champions Spain ending the year top of the global charts.

Harambee Stars rating slipped following their Fifa international friendly defeat to Tanzania last month coupled with their first leg Africa Home Nations Championships (CHAN) first leg reverse in Bujumbura last Sunday.

The country is listed 39th in Africa in the ranking where Ivory Coast leads the continent in position 14 globally.

Stars resumed training for their second leg CHAN fixture on January 5 on Wednesday afternoon under James Nandwa who was elevated to the coaching role after Frenchman Henri Michel quit the post.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) insist there are yet to receive communication from the World Cup veteran who was hired in September after communicating his exit via the French Embassy on Monday.

The latest rankings show that Brazil have slumped five places to an all-time low 18th in the latest rankings as they struggle to regroup under new manager Felipe Scolari.

The 2002 World Cup-winning coach has been brought back to replace Mano Menezes in charge of a side badly in need of some fresh ideas before next June’s Confederations Cup where Brazil have been drawn with Italy, Mexico and Japan.

As World Cup hosts, the Brazilians have no qualifiers to play and have been involved in a series of friendly matches, the last of which ended in a 1-1 draw with Colombia in the United States.

In continental terms, Brazil are ranked only fifth in South America behind Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay.

World champions Spain stay top of the rankings followed by Germany and Argentina with Italy up one place to fourth and Colombia up three to fifth.

WORLD TOP 20

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1. Spain, 2. Germany 3. Argentina 4. Italy (+1 place) 5. Colombia (+3) 6. England 7. Portugal (-3) 8. Netherlands (-1) 9. Russia 10. Croatia 11. Greece (+1) 12. Switzerland (+4) 13. Ecuador (+4) 14. Ivory Coast (+1) 15. Mexico (-1) 16. Uruguay (-5) 17. France (+1) 18. Brazil (-5) 19. Algeria 20. Sweden (+3)

TOP 20 AFRICA (World ranking in brackets)

Ivory Coast 1 (14), Algeria 2 (19), Mali 3 (25), Ghana 4 (30), Zambia 5 (34), Egypt 6 (41), Gabon 7 (42), Tunisia 8 (45), Central African Republic 9 (52), Nigeria 10 (52), Libya 11 (54), Guinea 12 (60), Cameroon 13 (61), Sierra Leone 14 (62), Cape Verde Islands 15 (69), Togo 16 (71), Morocco 17 (74), Benin 18 (75), Senegal 19 (77), Equatorial Guinea 20 (79), Kenya 39 (134)

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