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Kenya move up two places in FIFA rankings

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars group photo before their friendly match against DR Congo on March 26 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10- Despite not being in action, the national football team Harambee Stars moved up two places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday to sit 82nd with 412 points.Kenya had slumped 10 places from previous ranking of 74th after their loss to minnows Sierra Leone in the opening fixture of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier (AFCON) away in Freetown. Harambee Stars’ hopes of rising further will depend on whether the Football Kenya Federation will secure a friendly match during the next FIFA friendly window in September.Uganda remains the best placed East African country having moved a place up to 73rd while Rwanda have scaled up eight places, moving to 119th courtesy of their win over Tanzania in the CHAN 2018 qualifiers last month.Tanzania on the other hand has dipped six places to 120th same as Ethiopia, Kenya’s opponents in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers who have moved a massive 16 places to 120th.Burundi has moved down 11 places to 132nd while Sudan have moved 12 places up to 152nd.Continentally, Egypt remains the best placed African country despite dropping one place to 25th. DR Congo, Senegal and Tunisia are second third and fourth respectively while African champions Cameroon retain fifth spot and have gone one slot up to 35th.Namibia are the continent’s and world’s best movers having gone up 20 places to 136th.worldwide, Brazil have finally reclaimed their top seat on the throne of world football after moving one spot up to dislodge world champions Germany.Argentina remains third while Switzerland has gone up one place to fourth, followed by Poland.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Drake Rallies to Defeat Iowa State, 3-2

first_img Full Schedule Roster Watch Live Illinois State 4/14/2017 – 9 PM Live Stats The Valley on ESPN3 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team defeated in-state rival Iowa State, 3-2, Tuesday night at Buel Field behind a stellar performance in the circle and at the plate by junior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) Smith improved to 11-13 on the season after she pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out four batters while walking one. Smith hit a RBI double in the fifth inning, scoring freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) to take a 3-2 lead.center_img Drake loaded the bases in the first inning but two back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning to three runners stranded. Kelsey McFarland singled to scored two runs to give Iowa State a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Preview Next Game: Freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) answered in the bottom of the third with a single before sophomore Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) singled to score Buie. With two outs in the fourth inning, sophomore Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and freshman Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) had back-to-back walks before a crucial error by Iowa State on a ball hit by Buie that allowed Frank to score and tie the game at 2-2. The Bulldogs return to Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Illinois State on April 14 and 15. Drake faces the Redbirds on Friday with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 2 p.m. before concluding the series Saturday with a single game at 12 p.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more