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Stars go up two places in rankings

Stars go up two places in rankings

TAIFA Stars have continued flying up in the global football rankings, going up two places in the latest FIFA World rankings released yesterday.

The recent success has been attributed to Taifa Stars 1-0 away victory over Benin in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African Qualifiers as well the last September’s 3-2 win against Madagascar at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Tanzania.

Stars under Danish Tactician Kim Poulsen stamped a 1-0 away win over Benin in Cotonou on October 10th courtesy of Simon Msuva who ply trade with Morocco’s top flight side Wydad Casablanca.

Stars who have moved up by two places in the latest FIFA World Ranking now occupy 130th place from 132nd they occupied previously. They have accrued a total of 1123.84 points. After losing to Taifa Stars, Benin have dropped one place down to occupy 83rd place in the rankings from 82nd they occupied before their loss to Stars.

Stars who are settled 37th in the continent, played against Congo DR , Madagascar and Benin in September and October in the World Cup Qualifiers-Africa (WQA) and won two games and drew once. Both countries are ranked higher than Tanzania with Congo DR settling at the 67th spot in the global rankings whereas Madagascar is positioned 99th.

Elsewhere, Senegal are ranked the first in Africa at the 20th in the world rankings after collecting 1564 points, while Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles are now 27th globally and second in Africa after accruing 1525 points followed by Morocco who are positioned 29th globally.

October 2021 was a busy month in international football, with qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, friendlies, and the final rounds of the UEFA Nations League all on the agenda. A total of 160 fixtures were played, the impact of which can be seen on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Though their lead is now under threat, Belgium remain top despite UEFA Nations League defeats to France (3rd, +1) and Italy (4th, +1). Among the top five, only Les Bleus and Gli Azzurri have improved their positions. Brazil remain second but are breathing down the neck of Belgium, just 12 points behind.

England, meanwhile, dropped two places to fifth. A little further down, Spain’s (7th, +1) progress at the expense of Portugal (8th, -1) is also noteworthy, as is that of Germany (12th, +2), who have leapfrogged USA (13th). Uruguay lost most ground among the top 20 by dropping three places to 15th.

It is after that, however, where we find some of the most significant movers on this edition. Morocco (29th, +4), Russia (33rd, +4), Egypt (44th, +4), Saudi Arabia (49th, +7) and South Africa (66th, +7) all made strides on the back of two wins from two this month in Qatar 2022 qualifying.

Two nations in the second half of table fared even better, with New Zealand (111, +10) and Indonesia (165, +10) the joint-biggest movers this month, ahead of Central African Republic (115, +9) and Cambodia (170, +8). The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 25 November 2021.

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