Soccer News Wed, 15 Feb 2012

Ghana move Up On FIFA ranking

Black stars of Ghana moved up three places in the latest Fifa ranking despite failing to meet expectations at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars’ fourth place feat saw them jump from 26th to the 23rd position on the table released on Wednesday.

Ghana are now the continent’s second best team behind Ivory Coast who despite losing out in the final, also moved three places up to 15th position.

Africa champions Zambia have climbed to 43rd in the Fifa world rankings after winning the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

The Chipolopolo beat Ivory Coast in the Gabonese capital Libreville to win their first African title.

It is the first time in 11 years that the team, which shot up 28 places, has made it into the top 50.

Third-placed Mali climbed 25 spots to 44th while co-hosts Gabon leapt from 91st to 45th.

Fellow co-hosts Equatorial Guinea leapt from 151st to 110th place after surpassing all expectations by reaching the quarter-finals, a run which included beating Senegal.

The Teranga Lions were the biggest fallers, dropping 25 places to 68th spot, after their bitterly disappointing campaign.

Having been absent from the finals, Egypt's 2010 champions also plummetted down the rankings - equalling Senegal's 25-place drop - with the Pharaohs now at their lowest-ever spot since Fifa's records began.

They now stand 61st - with this month's rating being the first time Egypt have ever been outside the top 50.

Another team to miss the finals, Nigeria, have dropped to their lowest ranking since late 2000, with the Super Eagles sitting in 56th spot.

Spain stayed top of the rankings while Germany moved up to second and Netherlands dropped to third even though neither side played a game in the last month.