Sierra Leone tumble in Fifa rankings

The Leone Stars of Sierra Leone are now ranked 99th in the world, the Sierra Leone national team dropped two places from its previous 97th position in September.

Last month, the Sierra Leone home-based side were eliminated from this year’s WAFU Cup of Nations following a 2-0 defeat to Nigeria’s home-based Eagles at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana.

The local Stars, who were also eliminated from the CHAN preliminary qualifiers in Dakar against Senegal 4-2 on aggregate in July now 23rd in Africa.

Meanwhile, North African nation Tunisia for the first time have moved top of Fifa’s African rankings in 15 years.

The last time the Carthage of Tunisia were top on the continent was back in January 2002.

Managed by Nabil Maaloul, Tunisia – who need just a point at home to Libya next month to qualify for the World Cup – replace Egypt at the top of the African standings.

Earlier this month, Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Meanwhile, fellow African sides Eritrea and Somalia share the lowest spot in the rankings – 206th – with four other nations.

As reflected in this October global rankings, Germany number one, Brazil second and Portugal are in third position, Argentina in fourth and Belgium fifth.

Poland in sixth and France in seventh, Spain eighth, Chile ninth and Peru complete the roster of the top ten teams in the world.

Africa’s top ten on October’s Fifa rankings – global ranking in brackets:

Tunisia (28) Egypt (30) Senegal (32) DR Congo (35) Nigeria (41) Cameroon (42) Morocco (48) Ghana (52)
Burkina Faso (55) Ivory Coast (61)

Sierra Leone (99) – 23 in Africa.

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