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Harambee Stars: National team rise in FIFA ranking

The national football team, Harambee Stars has accumulated four points to move up on Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

Under the management of former Kariobangi Sharks head coach Stanley Okumbi, the national football team on Thursday moved from the previous 84 to 82 places with 412 points.

After suffering to Sierra Leone with a solitary goal in June, the national tea,m has not been in competition. The loss was the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June.

Shockingly, Uganda has placed nine places ahead of Kenya and they remain the best-ranked nation in East Africa in position 73.

Rwanda (119) are the next best-ranked country in the CECAFA region, while Tanzania and Kenya’s Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers opponents Ethiopia following in that order.

Egypt has retained the top spot in the continent followed by Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal Tunisia and African champions Cameroon in that order. Brazil has knocked World Champions Germany off the top in the world rankings.

Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederations Cup last month.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina is in third and modest Switzerland, with a 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifiers, are fourth, which is higher than they have been since 1994.

Poland, who boast Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski amongst their ranks, are at a historic high of fifth having dropped just two points in their own qualifiers as European champions Portugal dropped two places to fifth.

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