In the latest World FIFA rankings, Sierra Leone nabbed its highest ranking since the glory days of the 90s. As of July 26, 2008, FIFA has ranked Sierra Leone 134th, a jump of 28 positions since its last ranking in September of 2007 when they were ranked 172nd.
The current ranking is still a far cry from 1996, when the team ranked as high as 51st during the reign of the National Provincial Ruling Council (NPRC).
Sierra Leone, during its peak football years, qualified for the Africa Nations Cup twice during the NPRC regime. After military men handed over power in 2006, Salone began to fall in the FIFA rankings.
But the latest sparkle in the country’s placement on the FIFA rankings shows that their recent successful performances against South Africa – both at home and away – proved to be a bright spot for the present and future of Salone football.