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Scorpions move five places higher

Jun 7, 2012, 2:51 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi-Njie

The Gambia has moved five places up in the Fifa rankings released on Wednesday.

The Scorpions were ranked 113th in the world and 30 in Africa last month. They are now standing 108 in the world and 28 in Africa with 320 points, FIFA .com has revealed.

This development could be linked with their recent 1-1 draw against Morocco on July 2 in Banjul.

The Gambia’s next weekend’s opponents Tanzania are standing on 139th position in the world and 42nd in Africa after scoring 6 points recently. The Taifa Stars succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Ivory Coast last weekend as part of the 2014 group C World Cup qualifiers.

Ivory Coast are still holding on to first spot in Africa. Sierra Leone are now Africa’s number 10 after overtaking Morocco who fell back on 16th position. The Leone Stars are ahead of Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Guinea.

Bafana Bafana dropped one place, according to kickoff. South Africa were ranked 67th last month and KickOff.com heard a few days ago that they were supposed to move up two more places, but the 1-1 draw with Ethiopia last Sunday means they dropped instead. Bafana have also dropped one place in Africa to 15th.

World Cup 2010 winners Spain remain the top side in the world, followed by the South Americans, Uruguay, who have replaced Germany in second spot.

World top 10

Spain, Uruguay, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, England, Argentina, Croatia, Denmark and Portugal

Africa top 10

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Libya, Mali, Zambia, Tunisia, Egypt, Gabon and Sierra Leone