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Kenya up five places in FIFA rankings

Harambee Stars players celebrate Ovella Ochieng’s first half goal against Zanzibar during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21- Harambee Stars’ positive ending to the year has continued after they rose five places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, moving to 106th from a low of 111 during the last set of rankings.

Save for the CECAFA Senior Challenge, Kenya has not played any international ties and of all the CECAFA games played only results against Libya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi would count as Zanzibar is not recognized as a full FIFA member.

Kenya won against Rwanda (2-0) and Tanzania (1-0) in the group stages, drew 0-0 with Libya and beat Burundi 1-0 after extra time in the semi-finals.

Despite dropping one place to 75th, Uganda remains the best placed African country followed by Kenya and Rwanda.

Burundi are down four places to 142, Ethiopia up two places to 143, Tanzania down five places to 147 while South Sudan are down one place to 153.

Meanwhile, the African top three has not changed with Senegal, Cameroon and Egypt retaining their slots as the best three African countries.

Rwanda is Africa’s best mover having gone seven places up to rank at 113th, much thanks to their home and away victory over Ethiopia in the African nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier last month.

Libya is Africa’s biggest dropper having gone down 11 places to 88th.

The top five worldwide hasn’t changes as well with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium still ranked as the world’s best five teams.

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