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Liberia descends on FIFA Ranking for June 2018 – Tahiti overtakes Liberia

The Liberia national team took a nose-dive down the FIFA ranking for the month of June , settling at 158th position with 129 points scored on the official world ranking going down to 7 place after recording  151th position in May 2018. This according to some pundits will be one of Liberia’s worse ranking in world football under the Musa Bility lead administration this revealed in the latest rankings published by World football governing body, FIFA.

The Lonestar performance in recent time has not been something to write home about ,Liberia last play a competition match at the men national team level back  June 2017 .Liberia in the new ranking is below -less fancy football nation team  Tahiti at 157 and another middle eastern team of Kuwait at 159.

By winning the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup, held in Brazil, for the first time. Tahiti is the first and so far only – team which has participated in the Confederations Cup but has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. On 17 June 2013, Tahiti lost 1–6 to Nigeria in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Belo Horizonte . It can recalled that on 20 June, Tahiti lost 10–0 against Spain to equal their largest ever loss against New Zealand nine years earlier. It can be also recalled that on 23 June 2013, Tahiti was beaten 8–0 by Uruguay.

In all, Tahiti conceded 24 goals and scored 1 to end with a goal differential of −23, the worst of any national team in any major competition. With the poor record and heavy defeats, Tahiti’s underdog qualities gathered  significant respect from the people of Brazil, who always cheered for them in every match.

Since January 2018 ,Liberia has dangle in the 100th rankings of FIFA , Liberia started the year at 133 in January , maintains 133 in February ,but took a roll-coaster ride down to 135 in  March and rocketed to 151 in April 2018 ,whilst in maintaining the same rank in 151 in May 2018.

The FIFA Ranking ,has been a critical indicator for pairing of national teams at international and association football across the globe, in many case the quality of national team .

The African ranking is led by Tunisia, with Senegal, DR Congo, Morocco, Egypt and Ghana following in that order. Defending World Cup champions Germany will have the psychological advantage of going to the 2018 finals in Russia sitting atop of the global standings.

 

World Cup host nation Russia meanwhile slide to 70th position after a seven-game winless streak. They kick off the tournament against Saudi Arabia on June 14.

FIFA world rankings (May positions in parentheses)

  1. Germany (1)
  2. Brazil (2)
  3. Belgium (3)
  4. Portugal (4)
  5. Argentina (5)
  6. Switzerland (6)
  7. France (7)
  8. Poland (10)
  9. Chile (9)
  10. Spain (8)

Top 10 African teams:

  1. Tunisia (14)
  2. Senegal (28)
  3. DR Congo (38)
  4. Morocco (42)
  5. Egypt (46)
  6. Ghana (51)
  7. Nigeria (47)
  8. Cameroon (50)
  9. Burkina Faso (54)
  10. Mali (67)

Story by Peterking Quaye

 

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