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Gambia Climb Fifa World Rankings

Dec 18, 2008, 5:59 AM

The Gambia has made a significant   improvement in the latest Fifa World rankings by gaining13 points and moving to 88th position in the world, and 23rd in Africa, despite not making it in the World and African Cup of nations Qualifiers.

Having gained 413 points in the recent rankings together with Panama, The Gambia dropped one place down in the African rankings. The previous rankings in November has indicated that with 400 points and at 90th position in the world , The Gambia's poisiton in Africa was  22nd .

Kenya are the biggest African movers in the latest Fifa world rankings table, jumping 17 places to 68th.

The Harambee Stars have benefited from a good run in 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, winning through to the final stage which begins in March.

Cameroon remain the highest placed African side, in 14th place overall, while Egypt jump five places to 16th.

Nigeria move into the world top 20, up three places to 19th, benefiting from an unbeaten run so far in World and Nations Cup qualifying.

Ghana are up one place to 25th, Ivory Coast drop one to 29th, while Morocco, Mali and Tunisia all feature within the top 50.

Senegal move one spot to 50th place, despite missing out on qualifying for both the Nations Cup and World Cup.

Fifa's "Best Movers of 2008" top ten list features five African sides.

Burkina Faso moved a massive 51 places in 2008 to finish 62nd in the world.

Egypt, Sierra Leone, Gabon and Kenya also feature on the list, after seeing their rankings rise over the past 12 months.