Walias jump five places in FIFA ranking
The world football governing body, FIFA, has announced the World Football ranking on Thursday, September 17, 2020. Ethiopia’s male national team a.k.a Walias are now placed 146th with 1061 points. The Walias jumped five places better than last year’s ranking.
In the previous FIFA rankings, Ethiopia ranked 151st with 1049 points. The current ranking considered the period starting from November 2019 to July 2020 edition. However, there was no new FIFA ranking’s released in August of this year.
It can be recalled that the Walias last international match was against Ivory Coast in Bahir Dar stadium on November 19, where they won 2-1. They are grouped with Ivory Coast, Niger and Madagascar for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Placed second in the group with three points, they will play the third round qualifier match against Niger following the CAFs new schedule.
Appointed on July 19, 2018, Coach Abraham Mebrahatu’s contract has expired on August 6, 2020, with the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) yet to renew his contract.
In Addition, the Ethiopian Women’s national team was ranked 111th with 1151 points in the August FIFA Rankings. The Lucie’s have slid two places down in the ranking, with their last international match against Djibouti in the CECFA Championships in November, wining 8-0.
Elsewhere, Senegal is the highest ranked African team placed 20th with 1555 points and Tunisia on 26th and Nigeria 29th. Belgium still tops the ranking with 1773 points, followed by France via 1744 points. Brazil occupies third place with 1712 points while England is placed fourth with 1664 points.
The new version developed by FIFA for the ranking system was named “SUM” as it relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost. As per FIFA’s statement, the points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking.