NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A notable Kenyan football coach on Saturday said
Kenya’s risks sinking further in FIFA rankings if football
officials in the East African nation continue to secure friendly
matches for the national team against lowly-ranked teams.
Amos Ingutia, who
has coached some of Kenya’s illustrious players, said that
Kenya’s drop from position 105 to 133 has been brought about by
playing lowly-ranked teams in international friendlies.
technical bench should decline such invitations even if they
were all-expenses paid and instead seek to play against stronger
opponents. Invitations against weaker sides should be extended
to any of the national youth teams,” the tactician said.
Ingutia who was
trained by Kenya’s most successful coach, Marshall Mulwa, has
tutored players who went ahead to play for the national teams
and leading clubs in the country.
The national men’s
lost 28 points to drop eight places from position 105 the
country occupied last month to position 113 with 289 points in
the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.
This development was
brought about after Harambee Stars performed dismally during
friendlies staged in Morocco against the Central African
Republic to which they lost 2-3 before drawing 2-2 against
remained the best-ranked team within the East and Central Africa
region after they climbed four places from 78 to 74, as World
Cup holders Germany maintained their position one spot.
Federation officials ought to go back to the drawing board and
plan afresh instead of doing the same thing the wrong way
expecting different results. Last year the national team lost to
Iraq and Thailand in international friendlies that saw a massive
drop of 14 places in rankings from 102 to 116,” Ingutia told
When calculating a
team’s points, FIFA takes into consideration match results,
importance of match, strength of opposing team, and strength of
federation (number of victories by the confederation at the last
three World Cup competitions).
four places in latest FIFA ranking
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda have improved their ranking by four places
to 74th in the FIFA world rankings released in Zurich
The country’s move
is attributed to the 3-1 win over Sao Tome and Principe and the
goalless draw against Malawi in international matches played
“We are happy with
the improvement in the rankings. We shall always keep working
hard to improve the team and the rankings,” Edgar Watson, the
Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda FA told Xinhua on
Uganda remain top in
the Council for East and Central African Football Associations
region, Kenya are second in the region but dropped by eight
places to 113th in the world rankings.
Rwanda are now 123rd,
while Tanzania improved by nine places to the 137th
position after their recent win over Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) in an international friendly match.
Tunisia are the
highest ranked nation in Africa in 14th place, while
Senegal are second (28th) and DRC are in 38th