Harambee Stars remain stagnant in latest FIFA world rankings

FOOTBALL Harambee Stars remain stagnant in latest FIFA world rankings

Mark Kinyanjui 13:00 - 30.11.2023

Harambee Stars remain 110th in the latest FIFA World rankings after losing to Gabon and beating Seychelles in their opening two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying games.

Harambee Stars have maintained 110th position in the latest FIFA rankings following the end of November’s international break.

Stars lost 2-1 to Gabon in their opening 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, having opened the scoring, but managed to make amends with their 5-0 obliteration of minnows Seychelles.

This run of form has kept them stagnant in 110th position and remain so until the next international window in March when the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers will kick off.

International matches were played all over the world in November 2023, with FIFA World Cup qualifiers taking place in Africa, Asia, and South America.

The other confederations’ schedules included UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying matches, Concacaf Nations League 2023-24 encounters and the Pacific Games 2023. These matches have all had a significant effect on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, including on the make-up of the podium.

Morocco highest ranked African Nation

Surprise World Cup semi-finalists Morocco are the highest ranked African nation,sitting 13th in the World and top in Africa, while Senegal are second in the World in 20th place.

Kenya’s Group F rivals Ivory Coast sit 52nd in the World, while Gabon lies in 86th place. The Gambia are seven places below Kenya in 117th place, with Burundi in 142nd place.

Seychelles have maintained 195th place despite the heavy obliterations to Ivory Coast and Kenya.

Argentina maintain top dog status

Although Argentina (first) still leads the way ahead of France (second), England (third, up one) are now in the trio of teams at the front of the pack, followed by Belgium (fourth, up one), who have also climbed one place. 

Although Brazil (fifth, down two) have lost ground following back-to-back defeats by Colombia and Argentina, they have clung on to their place in the top five.

The Netherlands (sixth, up one) and Portugal (seventh, down one) have traded places in the top 10, which is once again completed by Spain (eighth), Italy (ninth), and Croatia (10th). 

Uruguay (11th, up 4) have made solid progress, but they have to be content with a place just outside the top 10. 

La Celeste are not the only team to have climbed the ranking as they are joined by the likes of Tunisia (28th, up four), Ecuador (32nd, up four), Romania (43rd, up five), Slovakia (45th, up five) and Greece (47th, up fouth), the latter re-entering the top 50 together with Côte d’Ivoire (50th, up two). 

The Comoros Islands (119th, up nine), meanwhile, enjoyed an even better month with wins against the Central African Republic and Ghana, and have two reasons to celebrate as they are now in 119th place, their highest-ever position. 

Kosovo (101st, up four) may not have climbed as many positions as the Comorans, but the Kosovans are also now higher in the ranking than ever before. 

Guinea-Bissau (103rd, up seven), Azerbaijan (114th, up six), Libya (120th, up six), Malaysia (130th, up seven) and Rwanda (133rd, up seven) are the other big movers in the November Ranking, which also sees the re-entry of Samoa (187th), American Samoa (188th) and Tonga (196th), who are all playing international football again following months of inactivity.