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Free-falling Sierra Leone drop 18 places in latest FIFA rankings

Free-falling Sierra Leone drop 18 places in latest FIFA rankings

Sierra Leone has slumped further eighteen places down in the latest FIFA world rankings to 113 from 95 in March, placing the Leone Stars 31st in Africa.

Sierra Leone’s highest ever world ranking was in August 2014 when they moved up to 50th and 7th in Africa.

The Leone Stars were not active during the FIFA friendly dates and it is worth mentioning that their last competitive football was back in September 2016, when they were eliminated by the former African champions Ivory Coast in Bouake during the qualifiers of the 2017 African Nations Cup, despite a 1-1 score-line.

However, Sierra Leone Stars will battle it out in Group F alongside Ghana Black Stars, Kenya, and Ethiopia, in the qualifiers for a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon.

Sierra Leone’s first qualifier for Cameroon 2019 is in June when they host Kenya in Freetown. The Pharaohs of Egypt are the best-ranked team in 19th position in the world followed by Senegal 30th and 2017 African Champions Cameroon (33), Burkina Faso 35th and Nigeria 40th respectively.

Meanwhile, Brazil went top for the first time in seven years, replacing Argentina. The five-time World Cup winners became the first side to qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia with a 3-0 victory over Paraguay last week. Holland are down to their lowest place of 32 in today’s FIFA rankings.

Courtesy of footballsierraleone.net

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