Ghana 33rd worldwide and 4th in Africa
Ghana moved up three steps to place 33rd in the latest Fifa/Coca Cola rankings and fourth in Africa.
The four-time Africa champions drew against Uganda and won their last game against the Hawks of Togo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The Black Stars who were at the 36th spot last month follow immediately after Tunisia (31) on the continent. Algeria top in Africa and placed 20th in the world and are followed by Ivory Coast (22) before the Carthage Eagles and the Black Stars.
Nigeria drops by 4 spots, now world 37th
NIGERIA has dropped by four spots in the FIFA World Rankings and are now 37th as a result of its unimpressive performance in its two Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
According to the September rankings released on Thursday on FIFA’s website, Nigeria now has 642 points as against 673 points it garnered in the August ranking.
Nigeria are now the sixth-placed country in Africa as against the third place it occupied in August.
Bafana up two spots in Fifa ranking
Bafana Bafana moved up two spots to 67th in the latest world rankings released by Fifa on Thursday.
The South Africans remain 14th in the African standings, unchanged since the last rounds of rankings were released on August 14.
Bafana thrashed Sudan 3-0 in their opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Khartoum on September 5, before holding defending Afcon champions, Nigeria, to a goalless draw on September 10.
Points are currently deduced through the following formula: Result x Importance of Match x Strength of Opposition x Confederation Strength = Total Points.
FIFA recently introduced fresh weighting for all confederations after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Points awarded are currently multiplied on the following difficulty scale: CONMEBOL 1.00; UEFA 0.99; AFC, CAF, OFC and CONCACAF 0.85, per the governing body’s official website. Be sure to check out the details of this points system right here.
All points are awarded on a “World Cup cycle,” the four-year period between tournaments, per FIFA’s fact sheet. The governing body provided further detail surrounding the latest update on its official website:
Of the 141 international “A” matches taken into account for this month’s ranking, over half of them (80) were continental qualifiers in Europe, Africa and CONCACAF, the other 61 fixtures being friendlies. This takes the total number of international “A” matches played in 2014 so far to 526.
Africa’s top 10 in September’s Fifa rankings – global ranking in brackets:
1. Algeria (20)
2. Ivory Coast (22)
3. Tunisia (31)
4. Ghana (33)
5. Senegal (36)
6. Nigeria (37)
7. Cape Verde (41)
8. Cameroon (42)
=9. Guinea (=48)
=10. Burkina Faso (=48)
Having sat in 15th place last, month Cape Verde moved up to seventh in the latest list of teams on the continent and 41st globally.
It marks a rise of 8 places and 34 spots respectively
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