Black Stars Slip In FIFA Ranking



black stars training Ghana’s defeat to Egypt in the World Cup playoff return leg has affected the Black Stars in this month’s FIFA World ranking by slipping down one place.

The Black Stars dropped to 24th position but still remained second in Africa in the ranking released on Thursday morning.

Ghana lost 2-1 to the Pharaohs in Cairo on 19 November but qualified to the World Cup finals 7-3 on aggregate.

This reduced the 860 points accumulated in October to 849.

All teams in the top 20, except for Ukraine (18th, up 2), have booked their tickets to Brazil next year and just three teams outside of the top 50 have managed to qualify for the 2014 showpiece, namely Cameroon (51st, up 8), Korea Republic (54th, up 2) and Australia (59th, down 2).

Cote d’Ivoire remain the top-ranked African side in 17th place.

This is the last draw before the draw of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is held in Rio de Janeiro on 6 December.

*Striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom claims Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has instilled confidence in the side ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup finals Brazil.

The Elche player has heaped praise on the ex-Ghana captain who has become the first indigenous Ghanaian trainer to lead the Black Stars to the World Cup.

Boakye worked with Kwesi Appiah for June’s double 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Sudan and Lesotho.

Before that, the 20-year-old was part of Appiah’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa but was sidelined by injury.

The Juventus-owned player attributed the team’s positive mentality to Appiah.

“Kwesi Appiah has brought belief to a quality Black Stars so it is only a matter of time before we [Ghana] win the World Cup,” Boakye told MTNFootball.com

“If we utilize  the experiences of Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010, the Black Stars can match the established elite but it will be more probable if we avoid Brazil before the final.

“We can beat any team but you would not want to meet Brazil and the home fans in the crucial stages.”

 

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