December 4, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr
Sierra Leone senior national team Leone Stars will end the 2015 calendar year at 118th position as the team moved three places up from 121st in the latest FIFA world ranking released Thursday morning.
The Leone Stars amassed a total of 295 points to stay behind Azerbaijan, Mauritania, Aruba, Chad and Central African Republic respectively in the world stage, whilst in Africa the country was ranked 37th.
The end of year ranking figure for Sierra Leone shows a rapid drop in the ranking compared to December 2014 when the country was amongst the top 100 footballing nations in 86th position.
Meanwhile, Côte d’Ivoire finished 2015 as the top ranked Africa Nation by finishing in 19th position with 950 points in the world stage and first in Africa, while the Fennecs of Algeria end 2015 as runners-up after gathering 845 points. Ghana are third on the log with 778 points.
Libya were the best movers in Africa, moving 32 places up to 21 position whilst Liberia are the worst mover as they moved 21 places down to 29 position.
Elsewhere, Belgium claimed the team of the year award for 2015 as they jumped into first position (their first-ever) on the FIFA /Coca-Cola World Ranking in the November ranking; their 3-1 victory over four-time world champion Italy in Brussels on 13 November saw them hold on to the coveted position for the final ranking of 2015.
Turkey receives the award for best mover of the year thanks to the 329 points they collected over the last 12 months of football.