ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian national football side remained 151st position in August FIFA world rankings that was announced on Thursday. In July the national side had the same 151st position. But in May and April the Ethiopian standing were 146th and145th, in the order of that
This was another big blow in the span of 30 days. This steady downward movement has remained unchanged for the last 10 or so months.
Look at the March FIFA rankings: The Ethiopian national football team have suffered the first blow in FIFA’s March rankings when they were down to 137th position in the world after dropping two places and are 39th on the continent. In the February rankings Ethiopia remained 39th in Africa and 135th globally.
Right after the country qualified for the African Nations Cup for the first time in 31 years in October 2012, they ranked 102 in the world moving up 16 places.Comparing to that, Ethiopia’s current 151st position is disappointing. Ethiopia’s best position was registered in 2006 when it ranked 92nd. The only other time Ethiopia broke in the top 100 was back in 1993 ranking 96. Ethiopia had also the 95th position. These positions were seen as signs of improvement.
After the end of tart of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Uganda remained stagnant in the 82nd position.
Remaining in the same position by Uganda Cranes comes as a result of not participating in any friendly or competitive games over the past month.
However, the Cranes still remain the best in the East African region with neighbors Kenya in position 112, Tanzania at 140, Burundi at 148 and Rwanda at 136.
Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia are in the least row of the FIFA world rankings.
World Cup participant Tunisia remained top of the African list and 24th in the world to be followed by Senegal (24), Congo DR (37). Ghana and Morocco are fourth and fifth.
Ghana made big improvements this time. The new table sees Ghana move from 47th to the 45th spot, with a leap in total accumulated points from 624 to 1424.
It is the fourth successive upward step for the Black Stars, who missed the global fiesta after a disastrous qualifying campaign.
Placed 50th in August last year, Kwesi Appiah’s outfit now find themselves between the Czech Republic (44) and Morocco (46) on the ladder. On continental level, Ghana have moved up by two places from sixth to fourth.
This is Ghana’s highest ever performance since the ranking’s introduction in August 1993 remains a 14 place in February 2008, while their worst placement was an 89 position reached in June 2004.
Cameroon (47), Nigeria (49), Burkina Faso (52) and Mali (63) make up Africa’s top 10.
World champions France, meanwhile, have taken over the top spot on the global table after their exploits at the summer tournament in Russia. An upward movement by six places makes Les Bleus the new kings, with bronze medalists Belgium also jumping up by one position to 2nd.
Brazil have fallen by a spot to the third position, while silver medalists Croatia have moved a staggering 16 positions to fourth on the table, just ahead of fifth-placed Uruguay.
England, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark, in that order, make up the new top 10,
Germany, table leaders before the World Cup, have heavily fallen by 14 places to a current 15th position. 2018 World Cup hosts Russia were the best movers, climbing up by 21 places to position 49, while Egypt fell hardest, dropping by 20 places to 65.
FIFA introduced a new rankings procedure. The rankings have been previously based on the average number of points that a team accumulates over a four-year period. The ranking points in each match were determined by its result, its value and the relative strength of the opponent and their confederation. The system also had yearly basis depreciation for the value of the matches.
The new version developed by FIFA was named “SUM” as it relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the World Ranking.
The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on September 20, 2018.