Sierra Leone which was 163 in FIFA world ranking last month has now moved to 137 because of their last performances against South Africa in the 2010 world cup and Africa Nations Cup preliminary rounds.
With this performance it is definite that after Leone Stars two remaining matches and the U-17 match against Gambia Sierra Leone is bound to move up in the ranking as Leone Stars is sure to win both matches.
While the U-17 team will eliminate their Gambian opponents in the competition during the preliminary rounds other teams in Africa who have made striking progress in the top 100 include Nigeria (26th, up 8), Burkina Faso (64th, up 47), Gabon (74th, up 20), Cape Verde Islands (85th, up 24), and Kenya (92nd, up 23). All of these teams have played between two and five 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in recent weeks, winning at least once.
July’s biggest mover – Burkina Faso – won all of their recent qualifiers.
Chad (127th, up 21), and Rwanda (87th, up 19) are in their highest-ever position in the world ranking.
Football has been at the centre of attention in recent weeks, which has had a major effect on July’s FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
New European champions Spain (1st, up 3) have claimed top spot for the first time since the ranking was introduced in August 1993, and in doing so, become only the sixth team to take that honour (together with France, Germany, Brazil, Italy and Argentina).
Although Italy (2nd, up 1) had a mixed EURO 2008 campaign, their performances were enough to retain a narrow lead over EURO 2008 runners-up Germany (3rd, up 2). Meanwhile, Brazil (4th, down 2) and Argentina (6th, down 5) – who had held the top spot since October 2007 – have lost considerable ground due to recent results in the race to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Netherlands (5th, up 5) have taken advantage of the situation by maneuvering themselves in between the two South American teams, but impressive showings at EURO 2008 have also seen Croatia (7th, up 8) and Portugal (9th, up 2) climb into the top ten, a feat that has narrowly evaded both Russia (11th, up 13) and Turkey (14th, up 6). Two teams – England (15th, down 6) and Greece (18th, down 10) – have slipped down the ranking and are no longer in the top ten.