Harambee Stars drop in FIFA Rankings despite Qatar win
Harambee Stars have experienced a setback, dropping four down in the most recent FIFA Rankings released by the World Football Governing body.
According to FIFA's latest rankings, Harambee Stars have slipped from their previous position at 105 to the 109th spot, currently accumulating 1184.14 points.
Harambee Stars run
This decline in ranking comes despite Harambee Stars' recent performance, which included a notable 2-1 away victory against Qatar and a narrow 1-0 loss to South Sudan in the second friendly match.
Looking ahead, Harambee Stars will return to action in November to participate in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
They have been drawn into Group F, alongside Seychelles, Burundi, Gambia, Gabon, and Côte d’Ivoire. The first leg of these qualifiers is scheduled to be played between November 13 and November 21, 2023.
In this competition, the group winners will earn direct qualification to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Additionally, the four best runners-up from the groups will advance to the CAF Play-Off tournament, where the ultimate victor will secure a coveted spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
This marks the return of the Kenyan national team to CAF and FIFA competitions after a year-long FIFA suspension.
Harambee Stars counterparts
While Harambee Stars faced a drop in rankings, Morocco moved up two positions to secure the 13th spot, remaining the leading African nation in the rankings.
Meanwhile, reigning African champions Senegal experienced a minor dip, moving down two places from 18th to 20th in the world rankings, yet still holding their position within the top 20.
Tunisia have ascended to the top 30 in the world rankings, now positioned at 29th place. Mali and Cote d’Ivoire both made strides by moving up two places to 49th and 50th, respectively, effectively breaking into the top 50 ranked sides.
This shift results in CAF now boasting nine teams in the top 50, an increase of two compared to the previous rankings.
In a notable climb, Guinea-Bissau exhibited significant improvement in the rankings, leaping six places to reach the 106th position.
At the summit of the latest FIFA Rankings, Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina maintains its leading position following recent 2026 World Cup qualifier victories over Ecuador and Bolivia. France, positioned in second place, experienced a slight setback after a 2-1 friendly defeat against Germany earlier in the month.
The top five rankings remain consistent with Brazil in third place, followed by England (4th) and Belgium (5th).
Croatia (6th), the Netherlands (7th), and Portugal (8th) maintain their positions, with Italy (9th) slipping down one place after a 1-1 draw against North Macedonia. Spain, the Nations League winners, round out the top ten in the FIFA Rankings.