Rwanda: FIFA ranking shows stability as top 20 hold firm to their positions

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – It was a quiet month of international football which resulted in a largely static FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking, with no movement whatsoever in the top 20, according to the world football governing body’s August 2016 report published Wednesday.

“The result of this, after the significant changes that arose last month from the various continental championships, is that Argentina remain top, followed closely by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile,” said the report.

Just two international friendlies have been played since the July Ranking, meaning that the changes that have taken place were generally minor.

FIFA noted that the devaluation of older games has been a factor in many of those, and it has benefited the likes of Costa Rica (21, up 6), Japan (49, up 8), Korea DPR (99, up 18) and Mauritania (104, up 15). The same process has not smiled on Cuba, though, who dropped 30 places to 151st position.

In Africa too, the process put no smile on many countries such as Rwanda that has slipped from 111th to 121st position on the latest international ranking. The country also stands 35th on the continent.

At the continental level, Algeria still tops the ranking followed by Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, and Egypt in that order.

Tunisia and Morocco are in sixth and seventh position while Cameroon is in eighth position.

The FIFA ranking covered 205 countries of which 52 are African.

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11 august 2016 16:53:16

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