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Kenya down 13 places in latest FIFA rankings

Harambee Stars starting line up. PHOTO/FILE.
Harambee Stars starting line up. PHOTO/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 2- Kenya has dropped 13 places in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday to sit 129 in the world.

The drop has been necessitated by dismal performances in the last matches played where Harambee Stars has lost twice and drawn one in the last three FIFA recognized matches.

Cumulatively, Kenya has dropped 30 places since February when the team was ranked 99th in the world.

Kenya lost back-to-back to lowly ranked Guinea Bissau in African Cup of Nations qualifiers before being held by Tanzania at home in a friendly match.

Uganda remains the best ranked East African country but stagnated 72nd on the rankings with Tanzania dipping down seven places to 136th.

Neighbors Rwanda have also massively dropped 16 places to a current 103 with Ethiopia also moving down two places to 125th.

Kenya’s opponents on Sunday in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers Congo have also dipped, going one place below to a current position 60.

A win for Stars against the Central Africans will raise their ranking, noting the Congolese are highly placed.

Algeria remains the best ranked African country after moving up one place to 32nd while Ivory Coast is second best despite moving down two places to 36th.

Ghana, Senegal and Egypt complete the top five in Africa with global positions of 37, 41 and 45 respectively.

Worldwide, Argentina, Belgium and Colombia retain their status in the top three.