Super Falcons end 2015 as Africa’s best


super-falcons_1g3bp72snra5l1m01t8gjzqzmx (1)The Super Falcons moved up a place in the latest Fifa ranking which was recently released despite a dreadful outing in the year under review

The country’s senior women national team climbed up a place to 37th in the latest Fifa world ranking.

The reigning African champions earlier dropped nine places in September to 38th position due to their exit from  the preliminary rounds of the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Falcons were unsuccessful in a second successive attempt to secure an Olympics ticket and to make matters worse failed to get a medal at the 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville, Congo.

The Super Flacons gathered a total of 1602 points to remain no. 1 in Africa ahead of Cameroon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Senegal.

For Africa’s women football event representatives at next year’s Rio 2016 Olympics, South Africa moved up five places to 56th, while Zimbabwe are the highest climbers of 2015 moving up 9 places to 98th.

In the World ranking, the top ten places remained unchanged with reigning world champions USA, Germany, France, Japan, England, Korea DPR, Brazil, Sweden, Australia and Norway from September edition.

But two countries improved on their best-ever ranking, are Bosnia and Herzegovina (65th) and New Caledonia (92nd).

England gained three-point increase to hit new all-time top score while New Zealand (1846), Austria (1730), Costa Rica (1630), South Africa (1431), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1386) and Guatemala (1322) recorded their best-ever scores.

Netherlands finished outside the top ten in 12th-place, gaining 17 points after victories over Japan and France in recent international friendlies.

Switzerland broke into the top 20 in the latest ranking after classy 3-0 away win in Italy, while Spain moved up from 18th to 14th place.

Eight nations dropped out ranking due to prolonged inactivity, reducing the number of ranked countries from 147 to 140, but Malawi was the only nation to re-enter the ranking.

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