New Fifa Rankings: How Akonnor and Gha2020na killed 2020
New Fifa Rankings: How Akonnor and Ghana killed 2020:
Ghana closes the door of 2020 as the 52nd best men’s national football team in the world, according to the latest Fifa Rankings.
Published on Thursday on Fifa’s official website, the new table sees the Ghana Black Stars, sit between Greece (51) and Costa Rica (53), sticked to their position from last month, also with no change in the total accumulated points.
The lack of movement, which was obviously the case of all other nations on the ranking, is a result of the team’s activity since the last ranking was released in November.
Ghana produced a mixed bag of results in their last set of international assignments, whipping Sudan 1-0 in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Cape Coast in the Central Region, courtesy of an Andre Dede Ayew double but fell 1-0 away in the reverse fixture in Omdurman as Mohamed Abdelrahman struck late to win all three points for his side.
The scores saw the CK Akonnor’s side drop down by four places on the November edition of the rankings.
Ghana still hold eighth position at the continental level, just above Mali (57) and Burkina Faso (58) in Africa’s Top 10. Senegal (20) goes on to lead the pack, then comes Tunisia (26), Algeria (31), Morocco (35), Nigeria (35), Egypt (49) and Cameroon (50).
The mixture of results against Sudan also saw Ghana move from sixth to eighth on the continent in the November ranking.
When we look at the the world table, there was no change among the top 57 countries due to the only two recognised international matches played across the globe since the last update.
Belgium still tops the table, this is their third straight time of finishing the year as leaders, while France, Brazil, England and Portugal hold the second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively. Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Italy, in that order, sit sixth to tenth.
Ghana returns to action in March next year, 2021 with an Afcon 2022 qualifying double-header against South Africa (away) and Sao Tome and Principe (home) to conclude the series. The 2022 World Cup qualifiers will then take centre stage for the rest of the year.
According to FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the next edition of the world rankings will be announced on February 18, 2021.
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