Sierra Leone men’s soccer team were non-movers in the December 2016 FIFA Coca-Cola World Ranking released by the world governing body.

The Leone Stars ended this year as the 96th best team in the World, while they are 25th in Africa. They are closely followed by Syria, Kazakhstan, who are 96th and 98th respectively.

Sierra Leone last competitive football was back in September when they were eliminated by the reigning African champions Ivory Coast in Bouake from the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier, despite a 1-1 score-line.

In Africa, Senegal ended 2016 as the highest ranked African national team, edging their continental rivals reigning African Cup of Nations title-holders the Ivory Coast for the top spot.

Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana, and Morocco complete the top 10 compiled by world governing body FIFA.

Meanwhile, Argentina remains at the top of the ranking with Brazil and Germany sitting second and third, respectively.

Chile and Belgium round off the top five in the world with Colombia, France, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain making the top 10.

AFRICA: (FIFA’s world ranking in brackets):
1 Senegal (33), 2 Ivory Coast (34), 3 Tunisia (35), 4 Egypt (36), 5 Algeria (38), 6 Democratic Republic of Congo (48), 7 Burkina Faso (50), 8 Nigeria (51), 9 Ghana (53), 10 Morocco (57)

11 Mali (60), 12 South Africa (60), 13 Cameroon (65), 14 Benin (66), 15 Guinea-Bissau (68), 16 Guinea (69), 17 Congo Brazzaville (70), 18 Uganda (72), 19 Cape Verde (80), 20 Libya (85)

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on Thursday 12 January 2017.

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