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Ethiopia Gains Ground In FIFA Rankings From 101 To 99

Ethiopia Gains Ground in FIFA Rankings From 101 to 99

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Updated Aug 12, 2015

In the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) world rankings Ethiopia climbed two slots to occupy 99th place in the August 2015 edition of the list. In the eastern part of Africa Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi have all fallen while Kenya remains static but Ethiopia has shown improvement.

Ethiopia got 101st place and 29th in Africa in the July 2015 FIFA rankings released last month. Based on that rankings Sudan, Benin and Libya avoided having to play in the opening round of the campaign. Five months ago, in March 2015 the FIFA report showed that Ethiopian national football team stood at 102nd places. Taking the current 99th place the national side went three ladders up in the space of 180 days. In 2014 this month rankings the national side had a 112th position while in July 2014 they were 110th.

Ethiopia's performance in the last three continental competitions was pretty excellent. The national side advanced in to the next round of African Nations Championship, known as CHAN, after beating Kenya, popularly called the Harambee Stars, 2-0 on aggregate results. They had also a 2-1 win over Lesotho in the first leg of the Africa Nations Cup qualifiers. It is believed that these good results helped them improve their position.

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