Liberia drops eight places in latest FIFA's Ranking
By Boy Dolo
The Lone Star dropped eight places in the latest release of the FIFA Coca-Cola Raking for the month of April.
Liberia slipped to 109th position in the global ranking after finishing at 101 spot in March. Despite the red, white and blue double header victory over Djibouti, the results did not reflect their stand on the monthly examination by FIFA of its member countries.
Liberia scored six goals in a two-legged victory over Djibouti in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nation qualifier and also moved at the top of Group A with nine points ahead of Togo and Tunisia who are leveled on seven points, but trails the two sides in the new ranking.
The Lone Star only accumulated 322 points from the two parings. Liberia however moved up on the African continent climbing from 38 to 31.
Meanwhile, Algeria are back as Africa's top team, while Cape Verde slip from the summit to sixth.
Moving up from third to first, Algeria have re-established themselves, helped by a 7-1 thrashing of Ethiopia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.In contrast, Cape Verde were beaten twice by Morocco.
And Nigeria have tumbled to 14th in Africa and 67th in the world after being eliminated from qualifying for the 2017 Nations Cup.
2014 FIFA World Cup runners-up Argentina are the new team at the top on the global log.
La Albiceleste’s recent performances in World Cup qualifying have helped them end Belgium’s five-month-long reign at the summit of football’s world ranking which began when the Red Devils snatched pole position from Argentina back in November 2015.
Close behind, Chile move into third (up two places), Colombia fourth (up four) and Uruguay jump to ninth (up two) to strengthen the South American grip on the top ten.
A total of 171 games have been taken into account for the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, which includes 51 qualifiers for Russia 2018, 60 continental qualifiers and 60 international friendlies.Costa Rica (25th, up eight), Turkey (13th, up seven) and Mexico (16th, up six) have all enjoyed impressive gains near the top for April. A little further down the table, Australia (50th, up 17), Egypt (44th, up nine) and Norway (49th, up two) break into the top 50 at the expense of Trinidad and Tobago (53rd, down four), Serbia (55th, down five) and Finland (61st, down 15).
The two most outstanding performers for April hail from the African continent. Guinea-Bissau (up 45) have climbed the most positions by rank, while Morocco (131 points) enjoy the biggest move by virtue of points.