Friday, July 10, 2015

Ethiopia , Malawi and Sierra Leone lose out on latest Fifa rankings

(July 10, 2015, (BBC))--Sierra Leone, Malawi and Ethiopia are the big losers in July's Fifa world rankings.  All three dropped out of the top 27 on the continent, meaning they will not have byes into the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Instead Sudan, Benin and Libya will avoid having to play in the opening round of the campaign. The draw for the qualifying for the World Cup in Russia will be held in St. Petersburg on 25 July.

With Zimbabwe having been disqualified from the World Cup it leaves 53 of the 54 member associations in the preliminary draw. The lowest 26 ranked sides on the continent in the July rankings will play over two legs in October 2015.

The winners of those ties advance to round two where they will join the remaining 27 highest-ranked teams from the region and face off in another two-legged play off. Read more from BBC »

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