By Our Reporter
There is no resting for Harambee Stars who have landed yet two more
friendly matches against Iraq and Thailand next month.
The news comes barely hours after the latest Fifa rankings showed
that the team has dropped by six places in their latest Fifa rankings.
According to a communique in the federation’s website, Stars will face
Iraq and Thailand on October 5 and 8 respectively with the first match
set to be played at the Basra Stadium in Iraq while the venue for the
second match will be confirmed in due course.
The friendly, according to FKF will be in preparation for the ongoing
2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers and the 2018 Africa Nations
Championships (CHAN) set to be hosted in Kenya.
Stars coach Stanley Okumbi is set to name his squad for the two
friendly matches when he jets into the country on September 24, 2017.
The coach has been in Germany for a month long coaching course.
The Kenya flag bearers have now dropped by six places in the latest
FIFA rankings released on Thursday 14 September; the new roster
placing the team in position 88 globally.
This comes after Stars held Mozambique to a 1-1 draw in a FIFA
recognized friendly match earlier in September in Maputo with their
opponents dropping down four places to position 108.
Stars opponents in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers Ghana
also dropped, by two places to 52nd after being held by Congo in
Kumasi before thrashing their opponents in Brazzaville in their 2018
World Cup qualification matches.
Ethiopia who are also in Kenya’s group for AFCON 2019 qualifiers,
dropped 24 places to position 144 with Sierra Leone placed 97th on the
log after dropping 21 places.
In the CECAFA region, Uganda who beat African giants Egypt in Namboole
before losing by a solitary goal in Alexandria in their 2018 WC
qualifiers, leads the chart on position 71.
Globally, reigning world champions Germany have returned to the summit
at the expense of Brazil following two impressive World Cup qualifying
victories over Czech Republic and Norway. Belgium climbed four places
to enter the top five on the back of sealing qualification for next
year’s finals while European champions Portugal climbed to third.
Among the most notable climbers are Cape Verde who rise 47 places to
settle at 67th position after they beat South African in each of their
two legged World Cup qualifiers; Luxembourg (101, up 35), Bolivia (46,
up 22) and Denmark (26, up 20).
Luxembourg is one of four teams to have reached an all-time high in
the latest rankings, along with Peru (12, up 3), Northern Ireland (20,
up 3) and Syria (75, up 5).