After losing to South Africa in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Ghana’s Black Stars have plummeted in the current Coca-Cola-FIFA Ranking for the month of September.
Charles Kwablan Akonnor stepped down as coach of the Black Stars, with the team sliding from 52nd to 53rd place in FIFA’s current rankings.
The relegation comes after Ghana’s terrible performance in their first two World Cup qualifiers, where they overcame Ethiopia but lost to South Africa.
The Ghana Football Association fired Charles Kwabla Akonnor and his two deputies on Monday, citing the team’s lackluster performance.
Under former coach James Kwesi Appiah, the Black Stars broke into the top 50 for the first time in four months in November 2019.
The Black Stars finished in the Top 50 before Charles Kwabla Akonnor took control in January 2020, just before the COVID-19 outbreak halted football.
The Black Stars have been in 52nd place since February of this year, but have plummeted to 53rd place for the month of September.
Ghana is still ranked seventh in Africa’s Top 10 countries, just ahead of Egypt and Nigeria.
Senegal (20) is still in front, followed by Tunisia (25), Algeria (30), Morocco (33), Nigeria (34), Egypt (48), Ivory Coast (54), Cameroon (50), and Mali (50). (61).
Ghana will play Zimbabwe in a doubleheader in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on October 20, 2021.