Ghana slips in FIFA ranking

Andre Dede Ayew

Andre Dede Ayew

GHANA has dropped down two places to 26 on the latest FIFA ranking released for the month of April yesterday.

The Black Stars’ slide could be attributed to the defeat to Senegal (2-1 in Le Havre) and the 1-1 draw with Mali last month in international friendlies.

With 833 points, Ghana still remained the continent’s best national team behind Algeria (ranked 21st in the world) and Cote d’Ivoire (ranked 23rd in the world).

There were notable changes in the April ranking with Belgium moving up to third in the world to achieve their highest-ever position following two wins in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying and now trail only Germany and Argentina.

Meanwhile Brazil (5th, up 1) and the Netherlands (6th, down 1) have traded places.

The Brazilians defeated France 3-1 in a friendly, while the Netherlands had to settle for a draw against Turkey (52nd, up 4) in their EURO qualifier.

Switzerland (9th, up 3) and Spain (10th, up 1) have re-entered the top ten at the expense of France and Italy (13th, down 3) respectively.

*Marseille and Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew is the best African player in France.

Not in the entire divisional structure, but in the top flight, the Ligue 1. This was revealed last Tuesday by respected football weekly, France Football.

The mag, the name also behind the prestigious Fifa World Player of the Year award, rated the Ghanaian due to his role in Marseille’s charge for the title.

“In the game, his influence is undeniable: Andre Ayew is the one who directs the operation, impulse, command, voice and gesture,” the magazine stated.

He has scored seven goals in 21 appearances. Also in the top 10 is the younger Ayew, Jordan.

Top 10 Ligue 1 Africans by France Football

1.Andre Ayew – Ghana

  1. Wahbi Khazri-Tunisia
  2. Max-Alain Gradel-Ivory Coast
  3. Jordan Ayew-Ghana
  4. Lamine Sane-Senegal
  5. Aymen Abdennnour-Tunisia
  6. Nicolas Nkoulou-Cameroon
  7. Clinton Njie-Cameroon
  8. Aissa Mandi-Algeria
  9. Mexer-Mozambique
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