Ghana Moves Up In World Ranking

BlkstrsGhana moved up two places in the latest FIFA ranking released for the month of August yesterday.

The Black Stars are now ranked the 36th best national team in the world and on the continent move up one place to fourth.

Only Algeria, Ivory Coast and Nigeria have more points than the four-time continental champions.

Germany remains world number one and followed by Argentina and Netherlands.

The results of 23 new international “A” matches were taken into account for the current edition of the ranking.

Ten of these matches were friendlies, whereas the remaining 13 matches were qualifiers for the next CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

It is little surprise, therefore, that the biggest movers of the month are mainly to be found in Africa, namely Lesotho (105th, up 26), Malawi (106th, up 15), Sierra Leone (50th, up 14), Benin (77th, up 14), Botswana (86th, up 13) and Guinea-Bissau (123rd, up 13).

This month also sees Sierra Leone make their first appearance in the top 50.

Meanwhile,the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi  Nyantekyi has stated that the FA is still confident in Coach Akwesi Appiah but the intervention of a Technical Advisor will only compliment his effort, reports By Michael D. Abayateye.

“Akwesi Appiah is a good coach but we only believe he needs some assistance in the form of a technical advisor to help him achieve some set targets,” the GFA boss told Times Sports.

Appiah he stressed is still considered as a competent coach and will be supported by the FA to get the best of the Black Stars.

He added that the presence of a technical advisor is currently the way to go for the Black Stars as it would go a long way to improve upon the game as expert advice would be closely available to assist the coach at all times.

Mr. Nyantekyi stressed that Akwesi Appiah has agreed to the decision of getting him a technical advisor which indicates that both could work hand in hand to win laurels with the national team.

“World Cup winners, Germany and other countries at some point appointed technical advisors to assist their head coach and that is what we find appropriate and decided to practice to improve the game,” he stated further.

After the world cup, he said, the FA thought it was crucial for Akwesi Appiah to have an expert and highly experienced person who would serve as a second eye to the coach.

“It was more prudent after the World Cup since we thought things would have been better with the Black Stars should the coach be adequately assisted technically,’’ he added.

With the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers coming up, the technical advisor will work closely with the coach to ensure Ghana gets through and subsequently excel in the AFCON.

According to the FA President, no names however has been suggested for the position but the Committee set to get a suitable person for the job would seek to look out for a competent and experienced person whether local or foreign.

The GFA he said have no intention of sacking the coach and not pressured by the executive committee to do so, hence the need to support him in his bid to make Ghana proud in upcoming competitions.

The Technical Advisor when appointed will work closely with the coach and assist in player discovery, tactical disposition and the change in formation, and other technically related affairs of the Black Stars.

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