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Harambee Stars moves up massively in the latest Fifa Ranking


OKUMBI-JOHANNAThe Kenya Football team the Harambee Stars has moved up in the latest FIFA Ranking from 129th position to 86th.

The massive rise for the stars is attributed to the big win against highly ranked  in the African cup of Nation’s qualifiers match in June.

Uganda is the highest ranked team in East Africa moving up three places to 69th.

At the World Rankings Argentina have replaced Belgium as the top-rated side, while Germany have dropped down to fifth.

Colombia are the biggest movers in the top 10, up four places into fourth, and England have dropped down to 10th after a recent victory over Germany and a loss to the Netherlands.

Belgium’s five-month reign in the No. 1 spot is over following two excellent victories by Argentina against Chile and Bolivia in World Cup qualifying.

The Red Devils’ own recent outing against Portugal ended in a 2-1 friendly defeat, the match having been moved to a new venue following the Brussels terror attacks.

Despite a defeat to Argentina, Chile jumped up two spots into third, an all-time high for the South American side, per FIFA.

Northern Ireland are another side in uncharted territory having reached No. 26 after moving up two places.

The Three Lions’ drop to 10th saw them leapfrogged by Uruguay, up two into ninth following a 2-2 draw with Brazil and victory over Peru.

Recent poor friendly results for Wales—a draw against Northern Ireland and defeat to Ukraine—has seen Chris Coleman’s side drop to 24th with the Euros on the horizon.

Meanwhile, the summer tournament’s hosts, France, are the 21st-ranked side, having not played a competitive match since World Cup 2014.

Africa’s Guinea-Bissau were the biggest upward movers this month as they advanced 45 places up to 102nd, while Aruba’s 24-place drop was the most significant in the other direction.