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South Sudan Ranked At 168 In The World As FIFA Releases October World Football Rankings

The South Sudan National Team posing for a photo before taking on Cameroon on Saturday 10/10/2020 Photo: SSFA Media Team

As the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) releases the October  2020, World ranking, the Bright Stars of South Sudan position remains unchanged since December 2019, a place they held for the last 10 or so months.  

The latest classification was released six months after the previous due to the coronavirus pandemic which forced suspension of soccer actions. 

The Bright Stars are currently ranked at position 168 in the World and 47th in Africa registering 983 points as per their last encounter in Yaounde Cameroon against the Cameroon Intermediate team drawing all the two fixtures, however the Bright Stars lost 3-0 to PWD Bamenda in a warm up match before facing the Cameroon national team. 

The South Sudan & Cameroon Team entering the Stadium.

The latest rankings have been released just a month after the relaxation of personnel due to the coronavirus pandemic that showed the majority of football actions suspended with some resuming under strict government guidelines.

FIFA came up with a new way of testing, analysing and calculating the rankings that were first implemented in August 2018 after approval by the FIFA Council.

The new model relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the world ranking.

Tingaba Justine John while playing against Amarat United FC

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

South Sudan is in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Malawi and Uganda in the Afcon qualifiers.

The Bright Stars who are yet to win a game in the Total Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers are rock bottom of the group with zero points. Uganda and Burkina Faso are both on 4 points each after registering 1 wins and 1 draws respectively , Malawi are on third with three points respectively. 

 Qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the play-offs for UEFA EURO     2021, and UEFA Nations League fixtures were among the 120 internationals played over the last month, resulting in significant movement in October’s edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

It should be noted that the Bright stars who are currently at a residential camp will be facing the Uganda Cranes on the 14th and 16th November 2020 in the group B day 3 and 4 of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. 

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