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Gambia nosedive in FIFA rankings

Jul 5, 2012, 3:06 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi-Njie

The Gambia’s strings on dismal performances during the World and African Cup of Nations qualifier has cost them a bad record in the FIFA rankings released yesterday for July.
The Scorpions’ failure to win a single game gave them a new record by falling behind to 40 in Africa and 128 in the world.
The Scorpions were ranked 113th in the world and 30 in Africa in May.  Last month they recorded 108 in the world and 28 in Africa with 320 points, FIFA .com has revealed.
The best result Coach Mancini and his charges could manage so far is 1-1 draw against Morocco in the World Cup Qualifier in Banjul.
They lost to Algeria in both home and away legs and lost to fellow group matches Tanzania.
According to bbc.com, Central African Republic’s 4-3 aggregate win over Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier has seen them move up 20 places.
CAR’s first-ever World Cup qualifying win over Botswana also helped their rise to number 16 on the continent and 73 globally.
Despite the loss, Egypt moved up six places globally, thanks to their two wins in the 2014 World Cup qualifying and are up to seventh in Africa.
Nigeria are back into the top ten in Africa following their opening 2014 qualifiers and the 2-0 win over Rwanda to reach the final round of 2013 Nations Cup qualifying.
Ivory Coast still ranked number one and the only African side in the global top 20.
Newly-crowned European champions Spain remain the top side in the world, with Germany moving up to second on the rankings.