17th May 2024

The Senior National team the Black Stars lining up for an AFCON match

Ghana’s Black Stars have inched up by one place on the Fifa World Ranking to 46th place.

The Stars were the only team in the top 50 to record an upward movement and are now tied on points with Costa Rica and one spot above Jamaica.

In the African ranking, Ghana still holds onto the sixth position reached in November, ahead of Egypt (51), Cameroon (53), Mali (56) and Congo DR (56) in the top 10.

Senegal (20), Tunisia (27), Nigeria (31), African champions Algeria (35) and Morocco (43) are the top five nations.

With few matches having been played on the international front so far this year, there is little movement in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2020.

Indeed, with just 15 friendlies taking place since the last Ranking update in December – including two games in late 2019 – the top 20 remain unchanged, with Belgium, France and Brazil still making up the top three.

Some minor movement in the top 50 sees Wales (23rd, down 1) and Paraguay (41st, down 1) each fall down a spot, while Ghana (46th, up 1) rise ever so slightly.

Palestine (103rd, up 3) are the first biggest climbers of 2020. The AFC side’s success in January’s Bangabandhu Cup sees them leapfrog Estonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique and Kenya as they secured the biggest move by points and rank.

Beaten Bangabandhu Cup finalists Burundi (149, up 2), who like Palestine contested four matches in January, move into the top 150.

Elsewhere, Aruba (200, up 1) and Pakistan (200, up 1) managed to improve on their respective positions amidst a rather quiet month in international football.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 April 2020.

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