Ghana drop in latest FIFA ranking

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Ghana was ranked 49th in the world, but have now dropped to 50th, however, they maintained their 6th position on the African continent.

Ghana’s slip could be attributed to their defeat against Namibia in a warm-up game for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) last week.

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The four times champions of Africa amassed 1423 points, unchanged from the previous month.

The Black Stars are 6th on the African continent behind Senegal, 1st, Tunisia, 2nd, Nigeria, 3rd, Morocco, 4th and DR Congo, 5th.

Ghana, as well as other African countries, will be competing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, hence an opportunity for them to accumulate more points and better their position on the FIFA ranking.

While Belgium (1st, unchanged) continue at the top, increasing their advantage over France (2nd, unchanged) following UEFA EURO qualifying wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland, there was plenty of movement elsewhere in the top 20. Portugal (5th, up 2), for example, moved into the top five on the back of their UEFA Nations League triumph, while the Netherlands (14th, up 2) edged upwards after reaching the final of the same competition.

A trio of former world champions are also on the rise. Spain (7th, up 2), Germany (11th, up 2) and Italy (14th, up 3) all ascended the global ladder on the back of positive results in the EURO qualifiers.

There were plenty of success stories elsewhere, too, with the likes of Austria (26th, up 8), Northern Ireland (28th, up 5), Czech Republic (41st, up 7), Hungary (42nd, up 9), Armenia (97th, up 9) and Malaysia (159, up 9) racing up the Ranking. There was also reason to celebrate for Senegal (22nd, up 1) and Kosovo (121st, up 6), both of whom reached their highest position to date.

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