What the FIFA world ranking tells of Ghana football

BY: Isaac Yeboah
A captain and his assistant: Stephen Appiah has some scolding for Asamoah Gyan during Ghana's near-historic encounter against Uruguay during South Africa 2010, our best year in the FIFA world ranking
A captain and his assistant: Stephen Appiah has some scolding for Asamoah Gyan during Ghana's near-historic encounter against Uruguay during South Africa 2010, our best year in the FIFA world ranking

On Thursday March 15, 2018, world football governing powerhouse, FIFA released its monthly FIFA world ranking - ratings of how well nations are doing with their football.

Ghana showed up 54th in the Fifa world ranking and 8th on the continent.

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The nation did no better the month before, ramping up the same positions in the FIFA world ranking and at CAF level, except in January when we clocked 50th/8th, which per the perking, we can accept as an improvement.

I decided to peruse the world rankings for the past decade in a hopeful pursuit of proof that our football is indeed improving. What is available is to the contrary; we are groping in a huge sinkhole and should be looking for real ground to clutch at.

Ghana's 10-year FIFA world ranking

YEAR Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2017 54 45 43 45 45 49 50 50 52 52 51 50
2016 33 41 41 38 38 37 36 35 43 45 53 53
2015 37 25 24 26 26 34 25 27 27 25 30 33
2014 24 37 35 38 38 37 38 36 33 35 37 37
2013 26 19 20 22 22 21 24 24 24 23 24 24
2012 26 23 23 22 25 25 33 32 31 31 29 30
2011 16 15 16 15 15 33 36 36 37 33 29 29
2010  -- 27 28/31 32 32  -- 23 23 20 17 17 16
2009 25 35 34 31 31 36 35 35 32 38 37 34
2008 43 14 15 14 14 16 20 19 20 25 26 25

While the numbers bear up the truth that our football has seen happy days within the past decade when the FIFA world ranking, if it is anything to go by, showed us strong and good with repeated positions among the world’s best, it also does not hide our real, pitiable sight and size today.


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Ten years ago we were showing up at 14th, our best ever in the FIFA world ranking within the period, but are now doing 54th, our worst also. Our deterioration has been consistent.

Like most nations and as is natural, we have been vacillating on the FIFA world ranking, however the clear trend is that we are persistently failing. Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, and Nigeria are our better performing competitors.

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