Ghana Move Up Three Places In FIFA Ranking

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Ghana moved up three places on the Fifa ranking released for the month of September on Thursday morning.

The Black Stars are now ranked 33rd in the world after amassing four points from the possible six in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

A bore 1-1 draw at home with Uganda was bettered by a hard fought 3-2 win against Togo in Lome in Group E.

But the Black Stars still remained in fourth place on the Africa ranking behind Algeria (20th in the world), Cote d’Ivoire (22) and Tunisia (31).

2014 FIFA World Cup finalists Germany and Argentina have slightly extended their lead over the chasing pack and remain unchallenged at the top.

They are followed in third position by Colombia, who have swapped places with the Netherlands.

The next FIFA ranking will be released on 23 October after two 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Meanwhile, The Ghana FA have begun inspecting facilities in Tamale to see whether the Northern Regional capital can host the Black Stars’ 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea.

The GFA is determined to implement its new policy of rotating Black Stars matches across the four standard venues – Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi and Tamale.

The move has been been made necessary by the relative hostile reception accorded the Black Stars for their opening 2015 AFCON qualifier against Uganda earlier this month in Kumasi.

Influential players of the Black Stars are rumoured to have told the Ghana FA they will prefer to play at venues where they will be readily received and loved.

Tamale – which has not hosted a Black Stars match since 2007 when Ghana played in a friendly match ahead of the 2008 AFCON – is thus seen as an ideal venue.

The Northern Regional capital have been offering massive support whenever the junior national teams play there and are thus expected to give a heightened version when the Black Stars come to town.

GFA’s Deputy General Secretary in charge of International Competitions, Alex Asante and Executive Committee member Adam Munkaila toured facilities at the Tamale Sports Stadium.

They later visited the Getfund Hotel around the University of Development Studies area to check on rates and standards of accommodation facilities.

The inspection team is expected to present a report on their findings in Tamale to the Ghana FA before a firm decision is taken.

Ghana will play Guinea first away in the 2015 AFCON qualifier next month – expected to be played in Casablanca – before returning home to play the return leg.

 

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