Taifa Stars

Taifa Stars

They were previously 107th in the last ranking released on May 7, this year.

The bad news came as the Stars were about to leave for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia en route to Egypt for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against the mighty Pharaohs.

The profound fall in the FIFA ranking is attributed to a recent poor run of form, especially after crashing out in the group stage of the recent COSAFA Cup tournament in South Africa where they lost to Madagascar, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Tanzania were thrashed 2-0 by Swaziland in their opening match in the recent COSAFA Cup before losing 2-1 to Madagascar, who have benefited a lot from their participation in the tournament as they now rank 113th after going up 37 positions.

The Malagasy are rated as among the best movers in the rankings. Lesotho also defeated Stars 1-0 in the tournament and, despite slipping down by one position, they are ahead of Tanzania as they are placed 122nd ? five positions ahead of Taifa Stars.

Swaziland are the only country pooled with Tanzania in Group A at the COSAFA Cup who are behind Tanzania as they are in 162nd position, despite going up by 14 places from the previous ranking.

COSAFA Cup champions Namibia now occupy 105th place having shot up nine places. West Africa powerhouse Ghana have slipped eight places to 34th in the world, while Algeria remain the continent?s top team, despite falling one spot to 21st in the world.

AFCON champions Ivory Coast have also dropped one place to 24th and remain the second best team from the continent, according to the FIFA rankings, while Nigeria have climbed two spots to 43rd in the world and Djibouti remain the continent?s lowest ranked team at 207th.

There are little changes in the 10 top positions in the ranking as Germany (1st, unchanged) continue to lead the way ahead of Belgium, who have leapfrogged Argentina from third position to second.

Others are Colombia (4th unchanged), Brazil, (5th unchanged), Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay, (France 9th slot from 11th previous ranking) and Spain (unchanged).

A total of 44 matches were played in May, bringing the number of international ?A? matches played so far in 2015 to 264. More than half of the matches (26) played in May took place in Africa.

Meanwhile, Taifa Stars head coach, Dutchman Mart Nooij, has picked a 23-man squad to face Egypt in the 2017 AFCON qualifier at the Borg El Arab in Alexandria on June 14.

Those who left on Thursday for Cairo, Egypt via Ethiopia are:

Goalkeepers: Deogratias Munish, Aishi Manula and Mwadini Ali. Defenders: Shomari Kapombe, Oscar Joshua, Erasto Nyoni, Nadir Haroub, Aggrey Morris, Mwinyi Haji, Salum Mbonde and Juma Abdul.

Midfielders: Mwinyi Kazimoto, Abdi Banda, Salum Telela, Frank Domayo, Jonas Mkude and Said Ndemla.

Forwards: Simon Msuva, John Bocco, Thomas Ulimwengu, Mbwana Samatta, Mrisho Ngassa and Juma Luizio. Head of delegation is Vedastus Lufano and the other official is Geoffrey Nyange ?Kaburu?.

By BETRAM LENGAMA, Tanzania Daily News


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