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20.09.2002 Football News

Ghana slump continues

By GNA
Ghana slump continues
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...with slide to 61st in world THE surprise is that it can get worse for Ghana's football reputation after an ignominious 0-1 loss for the national side against Uganda, a coach gone AWOL, failure to reach the Champions League proper by Hearts of oak, and a quarter final exit in the African nations cup in Mali. It may seem tough to sink any lower but it is possible, and that is official. The reputation of the Ghanaian game is lower than an adder's abdomen, so we didn't really need FIFA to ram it even further into the dirt yesterday. They did it anyway by publishing the latest world rankings list. Ghana have slipped a further five places down the ladder and we are now perched precariously on rung 61 - the lowest we've ever been. The four times African champion is in danger of becoming one of the world's footballing minnows. Get this. We are placed only one place above Angola in the eyes of the footballing world. We are BELOW Zimbabwe, Trinidad and Tobago, New Zealand, Australia, China and Jamaica. Even Iraq under threat of war, who are 51st, look down on us. While those minnows have caught up with Ghana, others who can only be described as footballing plankton, are now on our tails. Canada is 70th, Burkina Faso is 75th and climbing. Even Jordan moved up nine places to 79th. If they catch us, the ba' really is burst. WHERE WE STAND IN THE WORLD 1 Brazil
2 France
2 Spain
4 Germany
5Argentina
6 Mexico
7 Turkey
8 USA
9 England
10 Italy
11 Portugal
12 Netherlands
13 Denmark
14 Rep Ireland
15 Cameroon
16 Paraguay
17 Czech Rep
18 Colombia
19 Belgium
19 Yugoslavia
21 Sth Korea
22 Sweden
23 Uruguay
24 Russia
25 Costa Rica
25 Romania
27 Japan
28 Slovenia
29 Croatia
29 Nigeria
31 Ecuador
32 Senegal
33 South Africa
34Iran
35 Poland
36 Morocco
37 Saudi Arabia
38 Norway
39 Tunisia
40 Honduras
41 Egypt
42 Trinidad and Tobago
43 Australia
44 Finland
45 Slovakia
46 Greece
47 Ukraine
48 New Zealand
49Ivory Coast
50Bulgaria
51Iraq
52Israel
53China
54Iceland
54Switzerland
56Austria
57Chile
57Jamaica
57Peru
60Zimbabwe
61GHANA
62Angola
63Scotland
64Hungary
65Zambia
66Thailand
67Estonia
68Qatar
68United Arab Emirates
70Canada
71Georgia
71Guatemala
73Congo DR
74Algeria
75Burkina Faso
76Wales
98N. Ireland
203Montserrat


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