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H.Stars up three places in FIFA Ranking

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Sports CS Amina Mohammed takes a photo with the Harambee Stars players, members of the technical bench and Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa as well as head of delegation Nabea Muriithi when she visited the team at their training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 14 – Ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), national football team Harambee Stars has climbed up three places in the latest FIFA Ranking released June 14 to sit 105 with 1207 points.

This comes after Kenya picked a 1-0 win over Madagascar who are now ranked 108.

Harambee Stars opponents in AFCON Group C sees Sadio Mane’s Senegal top the African continent and position 22 world wide having rose one place while Algeria occupy ninth pace in Africa and 68th in the globe.

Kenya’s other opponent neigbours Tanzania sit at 131 in the world and 35th in Africa, 12 places below Harambee Stars.

Uganda, who are also competing in AFCON, boss the CECAFA region sitting 16th in Africa and 80 th in the world, followed by Kenya, then Tanzania, Burundi other AFCON participants comes fourth while Ethiopia closes the top five in the regional standing.

In Africa, Senegal is followed by Tunisia who are 25 th in the world, Nigeria are third (45), Morocco fourth (47) while DR Congo (49), Kenya’s opponents in the second AFCON warm up match closes the top five in the continental standings.

AFCON hosts Egypt sit eight in the Africa ranking and 58 world wide.

Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama and teammates Eric Johannah (left) and Paul Were (right) have fun during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

Harambee Stars are Paris, France for a three-week boot camp as they prepare to make a comeback to the Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years.

Stars will open campaign against Algeria June 23.

-World Ranking-

Portugal climbed two places to fifth in the latest FIFA rankings on Friday after adding the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.

Fernando Santos’ side leapfrogged Croatia and Uruguay.

Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto thanks to a second-half strike from Goncalo Guedes, after a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick had seen them past Switzerland in the semis.

The Dutch, who failed to qualify for both Euro 2016 and last year’s World Cup, also gained two spots, rising to a tie for 14th.

Belgium remain atop the rankings ahead of world champions France after back-to-back 3-0 wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

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