|Likuena in free-fall|
Lesotho has dropped to 153rd the world in the latest FIFA rankings released today. The past 12 months have seen a free-fall for Lesotho which reached its highest ever FIFA ranking of 105 in August 2014.
Likuena’s form has dropped since then and they won only one of their 16 international games played in 2015.
Lesotho’s next fixture is a 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against the Seychelles away from home on Saturday, March 26.
Likuena will host Seychelles three days later. The match will be played on Tuesday, March 29 at Setsoto Stadium and will kick-off at 15:00, the Lesotho Football Association has confirmed.
Lesotho is currently bottom of Group J of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers, a group that also consists of leaders Algeria, Ethiopia and the Seychelles.
In other rankings news, the Cape Verde Islands have ascended to the top of the African rankings for the first time. The island nation with a population of roughly 500 000 is ranked 31st in the world. It is a remarkable achievement. They are ahead of reigning African champions Ivory Coast, who are 36th in the world, and Algeria, ranked 37th by FIFA.
Cameroon also returned to the top 10 in Africa at the expense of Guinea.
Africa FIFA Rankings
31 Cape Verde Islands
36 Côte d'Ivoire
58 Congo DR
70 South Africa
76 Equatorial Guinea
86 Burkina Faso
110 Central African Republic
115 Sierra Leone
140 South Sudan
174 São Tomé e Príncipe
204 Eritrea204 Somalia