FIFA world ranking : Jamaica and Mali up, Kenya plunges

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Kenya has fallen six positions in the latest FIFA/Coca Cola World rankings released by the world governing body Wednesday. The drop was triggered by the recent 2-3 loss by the Harambee Stars to Guinea in Conakry last month in the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Kenya now stands at position 85 from 79 which they rose to after beating Namibia 1-0 and holding Zimbabwe to a barren draw in the return matches of the qualifiers.

It is widely expected that the country’s ranking may go down, depending on the number of friendlies which will be played 19 November.

The 134 international matches played in the last few weeks, including 94 qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, have seen dramatic changes in the rankings.

Spain continued to hold the top spot but Germany dislodged Italy from second spot to see the Azzuris settle for third place.

Netherlands switched places with Brazil, taking fourth and the Samba boys dropping to fifth.

Argentina, Croatia, Russia, Czech Republic and England follow in that order with the first four alternating positions while the British were the main movers four steps up, to sum the top ten sides.

Switzerland moved 18 places to 27, Serbia gained 10 places to 30, while Ecuador sprung to 31 with Mali summing the top 50 at 49.

Jamaica made the biggest leap forward, with crucial 1-0 victories in World Cup qualifiers against better-ranked opponents from Mexico and Honduras, added to victory in a friendly, have catapulted the Reggae Boys from 116 to 83 place.

Timor-Leste, who have only been affiliated to FIFA since 2005, achieved the first success of their short footballing existence by drawing 2-2 with Cambodia, thus climbing to 198th position.

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