Tanzania hits new low in Fifa ranking

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On 24 November 2016 saa 11:59
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Tanzania freefall in Fifa ranking continued after the nation slumped 16 places further down the log to rest in a lowly 160th position.

The national football team, Taifa Stars, which is under the tutelage of Charles Boniface Mkwasa, are now at 48th spot in the continent having tallied a paltry 146 points.

Alarmingly, the Stars now sit below the likes of Sao Tome, Comoros, Chad, Lesotho and Mauritius and are in fact the lowly ranked team in the CECAFA region. The latest ranking is just twelve places above the historical low of 172nd which Tanzania achieved in June 2004.

The slump in rankings came as no surprise after Taifa Stars lost 3-0 away to Zimbabwe in an international friendly match this month, extending the team’s winless run since a 1-0 win over Chad in March.

There has been plenty of movement in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking thanks largely to the 63 FIFA World Cup Russia qualification matches played, but also to 71 other qualifiers and international friendlies that took place over the past few weeks.

After a good run of form in FIFA World Cup qualifying, Brazil have surpassed Germany (3, down 1) and closed the distance to their South American neighbours, as the year-end approaches. Chile, meanwhile, climbed into fourth place.

Republic of Ireland (23, up 10) jumped ten places to break into the Top 25 this month after winning three successive World Cup qualifiers. Egypt saw off Ghana in one of Africa’s headline World Cup qualifiers to move up ten places themselves into 36th position.

Further down the table, Burkina Faso (50, up 17), Nigeria (50, up ten) and Slovenia (50, up 2) all managed to squeeze into joint 50th place after impressive results on the road to Russia.

Outside the Top 50, five teams made the strongest impact.

Israel (54, up 25) secured the biggest moved by points (145), as they continue their push for a World Cup qualification seat in a group that includes Spain and Italy. Armenia’s 3-2 win against Montenegro helped them jump the largest number of places this month (87, up 38), while Namibia (98, up 20), Cyprus (116, up 23), and Tahiti (149, up 23) also made significant strides up the standings.

In addition, three sides reached their highest ever FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking this month: Guinea- Bissau (68, up 1), Curaçao (75, up 2), and Comoros (139, up 4).

The December ranking will be the final ranking for 2016 and will reveal the winners for the Team of the Year (awarded to the team in first place by year’s end) and Mover of the Year (awarded to the team that has won the most points over the course of the year).