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Tanzania slips in FIFA rankings

According to the October rankings released by the world’s soccer governing body FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland yesterday shows that Tanzania managed to collect 237 points during the month.

In the Africa zone, Tanzania also dropped one place to 41 and are still behind East African regional counterparts Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda. Again, the position could largely be attributed to the lack of action for the team, which is under the tutelage of Danish Kim Poulsen, over the past month.

Uganda remained the highest placed nation in the East African region, positioned 86th in the world and 22 in Africa, with 428 points, up four places. It is followed by Rwanda, who are positioned 122, up two places in the world and 37 in Africa, after collecting 289 points.

Burundi are placed 128 in the world, taking a huge leap of seven places up. They are 38th in Africa, after hauling 255 points, while Kenya are positioned 130th in the world and 39 in Africa with 248 points. They moved up one place in the world rankings.

In September, Tanzania’s status in the monthly rankings remained unchanged as the country retained her 132nd position on the standing. Tanzania, it will be recalled dropped four places to sit on the 132nd position in August. Elsewhere, England have slipped a place to sixth in the FIFA rankings, with Northern Ireland the only of the home nations to improve their standing.

Euro 2012 finalists Italy, the side who eliminated England in that competition, replace Roy Hodgson’s side in the top five. England played two World Cup qualifiers in the eligibility period, with a regulation 5-0 win over San Marino and 1-1 draw in Poland.

Spain and Germany remained unmoved in first and second, with Argentina climbing into third above Portugal, who slip to fourth following their surprise home draw against the Northern Ireland.

Brazil, who are hosting the 2014 world finals and thus have no potential pointsearning qualifiers, managed to stay 13th thanks to two runaway wins in friendlies against Iraq (97th, down 17) and Japan (24th, down 1).

Six teams have reached their highest-ever position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was launched in 1993: Algeria (19th, up 5), Haiti (57th, up 3), Dominican Republic (92nd, up 10), St Kitts and Nevis (106th, up 16), Philippines (143rd, up 4) and Timor-Leste (187th, up 19).

The results of 146 ‘A’ internationals have been taken into account on the current edition of the FIFA/ Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which more than half (77) were qualifiers for the next FIFA World Cup. 25 were CONCACAF/AFC continental qualifiers and 44 were friendlies.

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Mwandishi: DAILY NEWS Reporter/Agencies

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