Liberia Climbs Two Places In FIFA Ranking
By: Sylvester W. Worwee
Liberia has taken a shock upswing in the FIFA World Ranking, having climbed two places in February’s edition released on Thursday.
The latest table shows Lone Star in 101st position between Latvia 100th and Mozambique 102nd, with an accompanying gained in the total accumulated points of 337 from 336.57 points last month.
Beginning the New Year in 103rd position, Lone Star’s last assignments were a 1-0 and 3-0 defeat back-to-back match with The Ivory Coast last November in the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier.
On the continental level, Lone Star jumped three places from 28th to 25th, behind Keyan (24th) but ahead of Group A 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers leader, Togo who is paired with Tunisia 6th in Africa and 48th in the overall ranking, Djibouti 52nd in Africa and 204th in the overall ranking and of course Liberia.
Ivory Coast, first on the Continental level is ranked 28th overall, Cape Verde Islands 33rd, Algeria 36th, Ghana 41st, Senegal 45th, Tunisia 48th, Congo 54th, Egypt 55th, Congo DR 57th and Guinea 61st complete the top ten in that order.
On the global ladder, there was no change among the top 18, with Belgium, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Colombia, England and Austria making up the top 10 in that order.
Liberia’s highest performance since the ranking was introduced in August 1993 is 86th places - 2002 and 2015 while 165th position under Musa Bility as president of Liberia Football Association remains one of the country worst ever.
Coach James Debbah’s side returns to action in March in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, when Liberia takes on Djibouti – currently ranked 204th in the world – in a double header.
The next edition of the FIFA world ranking will be released on March 3, 2016.