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Latest FIFA Rankings: South Sudan Bright Stars drop by four places to 173rd

September 20, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

South Sudan has dropped by four places to position 173 in the latest Fifa rankings announced on Thursday, with most Cecafa countries moving up.

In the last release on July 25, South Sudan had dropped by 1 place to 169 after a disappointing series of losses with no win in the last 6 matches ( 1 Draw and 5 Losses).

According to the FIFA website the average position of South Sudan’s ranking is tied at 175, with the best ranking at position 138 (2015) and the worst at 201 (2013)

South Sudan was admitted as a FIFA member on 25 May 2012 at the second session of the 62nd FIFA Congress hosted in Budapest, Hungary.

On 10 July 2012, South Sudan competed in its first full international match, a friendly against Uganda in Juba. The match ended in a 2–2 draw, with James Moga and Richard Justin Lado scoring for South Sudan. This match resulted in South Sudan entering the FIFA rankings at the start of August in 199th place.

South Sudan’s last match was against Equatorial Guinea,  which ended 1-0 in Estadio de Malaba stadium.

In the East and Central Africa region popularly known as Cecafa, Uganda still tops the charts at position 80, followed by Kenya (107), Sudan is up one place to 128, Rwanda has ascended three places to 130, Tanzania moves up from 137 to 135, Burundi (four spots up to 144), Ethiopia (one place down to 151), South Sudan (four positions down to 173), Djibouti (nine places up to 186), Somalia (three spots up to 199) and Eritrea drops from 202 to 207.

The latest rankings includes all national team matches played from July 22.

Belgium retains top spot with World champions France dislodging Copa America winners Brazil from second spot. England are behind Brazil in fourth place, with Nations League champions Portugal switching position five with Uruguay, who have dropped one spot to sixth.

Spain have leapfrogged Croatia and Colombia to settle in seventh place and push the two countries one spot each to eighth and ninth respectively. Argentina close the top-10 bracket.

South Sudan is set to face  Burundi and Somalia in the CECAFA U20 Challenge Cup 2019 will start on September 21st and end on October 5th at two venues in Uganda.

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