Thursday

Likoena's Fifa Ranking

Fifa ranks Likoena, the Lesotho football squad, 130th, a two-slot descent from last year's position. For comparison's sake, Brazil is 1st, Portugal is 12th, Bafana-Bafana are 39th, Zambia's 74th, Canada's 90th, Botswana's 109th and Swaziland's 125th. That does look about right, except in my day we could lick the Swazis right after lunch. What gives? South-Africa's 39th, thirty-ninth, and we are 128th! Haven't we got lots of players earning rands in South Africa? Aren't Likoena on the same par as Bafana-Bafana, as evidenced by the close match results, both with South-Africa and with other regional power-houses? Yes, to all the questions. But we're just not consistent enough, and today's Likoena may not have the likes of Mochini Matete. Another, more important factor is that our players, like the players of many other poor countries, are not professional. They go to work from 9 to 5 everyday and only attend football practice after work, sometimes, then go home to their families. The physical and emotional stabilities between us and the richer squads are not the same; although, as I mention in the article linked-to above, talent remains the one thing that cannot be bought. You should have seen Mochini play. Here are the rankings, beginning with Lesotho and going downwards (why would I wanna go the other way?)
130. Lesotho, 366 (128).

131. Fiji, 362 (133).

132. Malta, 361 (131).

(tie). Palestine, 361 (132).

134. Cape Verde Islands, 347 (146).

(tie). Yemen, 347 (135).

136. Tajikistan, 344 (136).

(tie). Faeroe Islands, 344 (134).

138. Grenada, 331 (138).

139. Ethiopia, 330 (137).

140. Maldives, 316 (141).

(tie). Sri Lanka, 316 (139).

142. Vanuatu, 315 (142).

143. India, 314 (143).

144. Kazakhstan, 313 (140).

145. Hong Kong, 306 (145).

146. Gambia, 302 (144).

147. Myanmar, 294 (147).

(tie). Suriname, 294 (154).

149. Andorra, 287 (148).

(tie). Namibia, 287 (149).

151. Burundi, 277 (150).

152. Sierra Leone, 276 (151).

153. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 273 (163).

(tie). Liechtenstein, 273 (152).

155. Taiwan, 270 (153).

156. Kyrgyzstan, 263 (158).

157. Bangladesh, 252 (155).

(tie). Luxembourg, 252 (156).

159. Chad, 244 (157).

160. Nicaragua, 238 (161).

161. Eritrea, 237 (159).

162. Bermuda, 233 (164).

163. Antigua and Barbuda, 231 (162).

164. Papua New Guinea, 228 (160).

165. Equatorial Guinea, 217 (164).

(tie). Tanzania, 217 (166).

167. Dominica, 215 (168).

168. San Marino, 214 (167).

169. Netherlands Antilles, 210 (171).

(tie). Dominican Republic, 210 (172).

171. Seychelles, 202 (169).

172. Niger, 201 (170).

173. Laos, 198 (175).

(tie). Mauritania, 198 (173).

175. Nepal, 196 (174).

176. Pakistan, 192 (176).

177. Samoa, 178 (177).

178. Central African Republic, 173 (178).

179. British Virgin Islands, 169 (179).

180. Belize, 161 (180).

181. Guyana, 154 (181).

182. Tonga, 145 (182).

183. Cayman Islands, 141 (183).

184. Cambodia, 137 (184).

185. Mongolia, 135 (185).

186. New Caledonia, 119 (186).

187. Macao, 113 (187).

(tie). Guinea-Bissau, 113 (188).

189. Bhutan, 108 (189).

190. Cook Islands, 101 (190).

191. Philippines, 99 (191).

192. Bahamas, 98 (192).

193. Somalia, 95 (193).

194. S Iao Tom De e Pr D incipe, 90 (194).

195. Brunei, 75 (195).

196. Aruba, 71 (196).

197. Anguilla, 66 (197).

198. Afghanistan, 63 (198).

199. Djibouti, 50 (199).

200. U.S. Virgin Islands, 47 (200).

201. Puerto Rico, 35 (201).

202. Turks and Caicos Islands, 26 (202).

203. American Samoa, 19 (203).

204. Guam, 17 (204).

205. Montserrat, 6 (205).

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