NAIROBI, July 17– Harambee Stars have moved into the top-100 of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in eight years as world champions Germany took over from fallen titleholders Spain at the top.
In the latest list published Thursday, Kenya jumped 13 places to 95, a massive boost for the team that will travel Thursday to Maseru to face Lesotho in their second round 2015 Afcon qualifier first leg tie.
Adel Amrouche’s side eliminated Comoros Island in the preliminary stage and have not lost since being pipped 1-0 at home by Nigeria during the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, a run of 14 international games unbeaten since June 5 last year.
Germany’s charge to claim Sunday’s World Cup title saw them return to the top of FIFA’s world rankings for the first time in around 20 years.
The latest list, published on Thursday, has Germany moving up one place on the strength of their 1-0 defeat of Argentina ar Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are placed second, an improvement of three places, with the Netherlands leaping 12 rungs into third after their impressive World Cup third place finish.
The James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia move up to fourth (+4), ahead of Belgium (+6) and Uruguay while disappointing Brazil dropped four spots to seventh.
Deposed world champions Spain slumped seven spots to their new modest placing of eighth, with Switzerland and France (+7) completing the top ten.
Costa Rica’s remarkable charge to the quarter-finals was rewarded with a jump of 12 places to 16th.
England’s woeful first round exit resulted in Roy Hodgson’s side dropping ten places to 20th.
Algeria and Ivory Coast who top the Africa standings dropped two places apiece to land in positions 24 and 25 with Africa champions Nigeria up 10 places to 34.
Latest FIFA rankings
1. Germany (+1)
2. Argentina (+3)
3. Netherlands (+12)
4. Colombia (+4)
5. Belgium (+6)
6. Uruguay (+1)
7. Brazil (-4)
8. Spain (-7)
9. Switzerland (-3)
10. France (+7)
11. Portugal (-7)
12. Chile (+2)
13. Greece (-1)
14. Italy (-5)
15. USA (-2)
16. Costa Rica (+12)
17. Croatia (+1)
18. Mexico (+2)
19. Bosnia and Hercegovina (+2)
20. England (-10)