Kenyans drop 15 places in Fifa ranking after recent debacle

Kenya have dropped down a staggering 15 places from 116 to 131 in the latest Fifa ranking released yesterday.

The drop is attributed to Kenya’s 2-1 loss to Zambia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played last month at Nyayo stadium.

Kenya’s fortunes may improve this month should they beat Mauritius, who are ranked 168 in the pre-World Cup qualifier in a two-legged tie

Kenya are ranked 40th in Africa.

Following the win, Zambia have moved up three places up to 71 from 74 while Kenya’s rivals in the group Congo are placed 49th with Guinea Bisaau 147.

Algeria are the highest ranked Africa side in the ranking at position 19 followed by Africa champions Cote’ d’ Ivoire, who are ranked 21st and Ghana placed third on the continent and 25th worldwide.

Tunisia are ranked 36th with Senegal placed 38th and Cape Verde at position 41. Cameroon (48th), Congo (49), Egypt (51) and Nigeria (52) complete the list of top ten Africa nations. Neighbours Uganda are ranked 75th, Rwanda (93), Ethiopia (108) and Tanzania (136).

World Cup losing finalists Argentina are ranked top with World Cup winners Germany second and Belgium third. Portugal are fourth and Colombia fifth. Others in the top 10 are former world champions Spain, Brazil, Wales, Chile and England.

Elsewhere, Ulinzi Stars winger Kevin Amwayi has expressed his delight after being recalled to the national team Harambee Stars squad set to face Mauritius in the World Cup qualifier next Wednesday.

This is the third time for the former Western Stima and Tusker man to be called to the national team with his last call up having been 2012 after his move from Stima. Speaking to the club’s website, the utility player couldn’t hide his joy, acknowledging hard work had landed him the call up. “I am very excited to be called up and it is an honour for not only me but the team as well. This is as a product of hard work,” said Amwayi.

The Butere High School alumni is eager to cement his place in the coach Bobby Williamson’s side. “This is a great opportunity for me to grow as a player and I hope I can get playing time. It will be the best time for me and I am prepared to work hard for it,” said Amwayi. The 20-man squad is expected to travel to Mauritius this weekend for the first leg clash.