Latest Fifa rankings: Kenya Harambee stars moves up

The latest classification has been released six months after the previous due to the coronavirus pandemic which forced suspension of soccer actions

Kenya  moved up by a position while Uganda and Tanzania’s retained positions in the latest Fifa rankings.

Harambee Stars now ranked106 from the previous 107.

 This could be as a result of 1-1 draw they played against Togo in Nairobi in the Afcon 2021qualifiers.

Uganda tops Cecafa region at position 77

Tanzania another east African country settled at position 134 the participants in the January 2021 African Nations Championship (Chan) have also not seen any change in the global rankings. 

Rwanda due to play Uganda and Kenya in the second round of the Caf World Cup qualifiers dropped by a position to 132

Ethiopia are 146, Burundi 149, while Somalia 197,

The latest rankings come after six months of football disruption due to Covid -19 pandemic, that rendered most sporting activities idle in most countries prompting postponement of international matches and tournaments, including AFCON, CHAN and world cup qualifiers.

Fifa is applying a new formula with of testing, analyzing and calculating the rankings that were first implemented in August 2018 after approval by the Fifa Council.

The new model relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the world ranking.

The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking

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Kenya are with Egypt, Comoros and Togo in Group G

 World Cup qualifiers, they are in the same pool as Rwanda, Uganda and Mali in Group E.

Uganda are in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Malawi and South Sudan in the Afcon qualifiers.

Further female counterparts, Harambee Starlets, have ceded ground dropping to position 137 from 133.