Rwanda’s downward trend in the FIFA ranking has taken another twist as the country dropped a further 10 places to 121th latest rankings released on Thursday, 11th August 2016.
Failure to engage in any international match since June 4 when Rwanda lost 2-3 to Mozambique in a Group H 2017 Africa Nation’s Cup qualifier in Kigali, Amavubi have suffered massive drops in as far as Fifa rankings are concerned.
Rwanda started 2016 ranked 91st and Amavubi’s performances in the Africa Nations’ Championship (CHAN) finals saw the nation jump six places to 85th in both February and March Fifa rankings.
The downward trend started taking its course from April following Rwanda’s 0-1 to Mauritius in the first leg of the Africa Nations’ Cup qualifier played away in Belle Vue on March 26. The Amavubi then reiterated to thump the Mauritius side 5-0 in Kigali three days later.
The huge win never saved the nation from dropping further two places to 87th in both April and May’s World rankings.
Losing twice in May; against Senegal in a Fifa friendly tie on May 30 which was staged in build-up for the Mozambique game which Rwanda later lost 3-2 to crush the country’s hopes of qualifying for Gabon culminated in a further drop, now to 103rd.
With Europe, Asia and America playing their continent’s final matches, affected Amavubi’s rankings as the country remained non-competitive between June and July thus dropping to 111th which even lead to a further 121st in the month of August.
Now should Amavubi fail to pick a point against Ghana in the final Group H match of the 2017 Africa Nations’ Cup qualifier due on September 3, Rwanda might drop even into the 130s in the September rankings.
Should the Ferwafa and the Ministry of Sports authorities fail to engage the national team in competitive matches and ensure the team wins, Rwanda might finish the year ranked in 150s.
Rwanda’s worst ranking was last attained in 1997 with the country ranked 172nd between November, 1997 and April, 1998.
Meanwhile, Neighbors Uganda have improved further to 65th from 69th, a rise by four places as they have now accumulated 525 points.
Kenya, who are Uganda’s opponent in the international build up match at Namboole at the end of the month drops two places to 88th on the 209 FIFA member nation’s log.
Tanzania has also gone down a step to 124th; Burundi and Ethiopia have all gained two places up each to positions 123rd and 130 respectively.
Sudan are up one place to position 141 while neighbors South Sudan remain static at 153rd.
East Africa Ranking:
- Uganda (65)
- Kenya (88)
- Rwanda (121)
- Burundi (123)
- Tanzania (124)
- Ethiopia (130)
- Algeria (32)
- Ghana (35)
- Ivory Coast (36)
- Senegal (41)