Black Stars: Otto Addo's Squad Pushes Ghana Up In New FIFA World Rankings

Black Stars: Otto Addo's Squad Pushes Ghana Up In New FIFA World Rankings

  • The Black Stars of Ghana have been adjudged the 64th best team in the world by the new FIFA World Rankings
  • Reports indicate that the team has also moved up to the 12th position in Africa
  • This comes after the Black Stars back to back victory in its World Cup qualifying games against Mali and the Central African Republic
  • YEN.com.gh spoke to sports analyst Haruna Mubarak about the Black Stars' FIFA rankings update

The Black Stars of Ghana have had a hard time living up to the country's tag as a well-respected footballing nation in Africa.

The team disappointingly crashed out of the just-ended African Cup of Nations, forcing the FA to recruit Otto Addo, the country's seventh coach in six years, as it continues its journey to resurgence.

The team seems to have rediscovered its mojo, leading to their promotion in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

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Black Stars promoted in new FIFA World Rankings for the first time in years
Otto Addo and some Black Stars players. Photo source: X/GhanaBlackStars
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Ghana moves up to the 64th position

The Black Stars currently hold the 64th position directly above Cape Verde, who beat Ghana in AFCON 2023 and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in its history.

The Black Stars' current promotion comes after the team's back-to-back win against Mali and the Central African Republic in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers.

The team is now second behind Comoros in the World Cup qualifying table, which edged past them with only a goal difference.

Seven years ago, the Black Stars were second best in Africa but now occupy the 12th position on the continent. Speaking to YEN.com.gh in an exclusive chat, Haruna Mubarak commended the Black Stars and its coach saying,

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It's an extremely proud moment for Otto Addo, the Black Stars and Ghanaians at large. The Black Stars have been underwhelming in recent years. Two back to back exits from the AFCON is unprecedented. Otto Addo came in and revived Ghana's hopes of making it to the 2026 World Cup in just two games. For the first time the Black Stars beat Mali in Bamako since 2009 and also coming from behind to beat Central African Republic pushing Ghana to the second position in the standings. That's important.

Otto Addo reshuffles team for World Cup qualifiers

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that the Black Stars' new coach, Otto Addo, took the team through the mill, making drastic changes ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.

Otto Addo left six players out of the Black Stars squad for the World Cup qualifiers, including Baba Iddrisu, Daniel Amartey, Joseph Paintsil, Majeed Ashimeru, Denis Odoi, and team captain Andre Dede Ayew.

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The coach debuted new stars Cagliari midfielder Ibrahim Sulemana, who scored two goals in the Serie A this season and Brandon Thomas Asante, who sits atop West Bromwich Albion's top scorer list, having scored 11 times in 29 games.

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Peter Ansah (Entertainment Editor) Ansah Peter is an entertainment editor at YEN.com.gh. He studied Development Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, graduating in 2018. His professional career in entertainment journalism dates eight years back as a showbiz and arts blogger for the now-defunct motionhypegh.net, continuing to Muse Media Networks, acting as the editorial manager for the network's flagship multimedia platforms. He has also managed several PR roles with top clients, including Afro Nation Ghana and Morgan Heritage. You can reach him at peter.ansah@yen.com.gh