Asamoah Gyan, captain of the Black Stars strikes the ball in a game against Angolo
Ghana has dropped to 30th on the final FIFA ranking for the year. The drop also means that Ghana is now 4th on the continent with Ivory Coast still Africa’s highest ranked team followed by Algeria and Mali.
The top ten may have remained the same, but there were a few shuffles elsewhere on 2012’s last instalment of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
Spain will finish the year at the summit for the fifth time in succession – an achievement which earns them the ‘Team of the Year’ title – followed by Germany, Argentina and Italy (4th, up 1).
The ‘Mover of the Year’ goes to Colombia for the second time since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was introduced in 1993. Los Cafeteros finished 2011 in 36th, but thanks to six wins, one draw and only one defeat thereafter – and the 455 points they consequently earned – they end 2012 in fifth.
It has also been a very successful year for Ecuador (13th, up 365 points since December 2011) and Mali (25th, up 337 points since December 2011).
By: Godfred Akoto Boafo/citifmonline.com/Ghana