Fifa world ranking: Ghana progresses after the results of South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe
Black Stars are back in top 50 after positive results in recent Afcon 2021 qualifiers
Ghana has returned to the top 50 footballing nations in the world, occupying 49th position, according to the latest edition of the FIFA World Ranking announced on Wednesday.
Occupying 52nd place on the last outing in February, the april painting sees the Black Stars jump three places, placing themselves between Northern Ireland (48) and Costa Rica (50). A slight increase in the total points accumulated was recorded, from 1424 to 1425.
Despite the improvement, the current position of West Africans is three times lower than where they occupied in April of last year.
At the continental level, Ghana gained a place in seventh place in the newspaper, ahead of Cameroon (55), Mali (57) and Côte d’Ivoire (59).
Senegal (22) which loses two places in the world ranking, still occupies the first place in Africa, ahead of Tunisia (26), Nigeria (32), Algeria (33), Morocco (34) and Egypt (36).
Among all the nations of the world, Guinea Bissau is the biggest player on the table, having jumped 11 places to 108th position. Conversely, Mozambique, another African team, lost the most places in the standings, losing 11 places to 117th position.
Ghana’s rise in the rankings is largely due to a 1-1 away draw against South Africa in the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers and a 3-1 home win over Sao Tome -and-Principle in the series three days later.
The results adequately secured the Black Stars a place in the next Afcon tournament to be hosted by Cameroon in January next year, their 23rd qualification for the Continental Showpiece.
Back on the table of words, there has been no change among the top six as Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Spain have retained their positions since February. Italy moved up to seventh, just ahead of Argentina, Uruguay and Denmark in that order.
Ghana then return to action in June when they face Ethiopia and South Africa in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The next edition of the ranking will be announced on May 27.