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Friday, 15 Jul 2016 19:25 EATlbramwel@kenyafreepress.com
Kenyans were reminded of the good old saying - never judge a book by its cover - following the release of new FIFA rankings that saw tremendous improvement of the country's footballing profile despite a series of losses and scandals that have bedeviled soccer in the country.
It was good news for the national team, Harambee Stars, and Kenyan soccer as a whole as Kenya moved 43 places up in the latest FIFA rankings, scaling the heights from position 129 to 86.
The dramatic improvement could be attributed to the 2-1 shelling of Congo Brazzaville played in early June in the AFCON qualifiers.
Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa expressed his joy on the results and called upon all stakeholders in the football arena to work harder so Kenya could move to even greater positions.
“This is definitely good news for any football stakeholder……It shows that we are capable of attaining even better positions if we commit ourselves to proper planning and hard work,” he said.
“Imagine we have moved 43 places up with just one match. Imagine what we can achieve in the coming years if we create a culture of responsibility, accountability and hard work,” the chairman told the Daily Nation.
Kenya is the third best mover in the rankings after New Zealand and Puerto Rico who moved up 54 and 46 places respectively.
Algeria remains the best team in Africa at number 32 globally followed by Ivory Coast ranked at position 35.
Argentina maintained their leadership position for the third time, followed by Belgium while the Euro Champions Portugal shot two places up to position 6.
The writer is a student at University of Kabianga currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press.