The male and female national hockey teams of Ghana moved up respectively in the Hero FIH rankings after an impressive display at the just ended Africa Hockey Cup of Nations, Egypt.
In the men rankings, Ghana’s black sticks moved up three places into the 33rd position and still 3rd on the Africa continent. The ranking is based on a team’s performance in the world hockey league, world cup or continental competition as well as other competitions on the FIH calender. Ghana beat the likes of Kenya ( both in the group stage and in the placement match) and Nigeria while losing narrowly to South Africa and Egypt at the ACN.
Meanwhile, South Africa, maintains the top spot on the continent as well as their 15th place on the world rankings with Egypt still 2nd in Africa but drop one place into 20th on the world rankings.
Kenya maintained 4th place in the continent but dropped fives places into 42nd position with Nigeria also dropping a place into 56th position.
Argentina remains the number one ranked men’s team after winning the Pan American Cup back in August. October’s Oceania Cup winners Australia retain second position however European rising stars Belgium have moved up to third after placing 2nd at the 2017 Euro Hockey Championship. The biggest climbers were Wales who moved 8 places up into 24th and Bangladesh four places up into 30th position.
The losers in the men’s ranking were Chile who dropped 7 places into 34th and Czech dropping 5 places to occupy the 29th position.
In the Women’s rankings, the female black sticks moved two places up into 30th position in the world rankings while maintaining their 2nd place in Africa.
South Africa despite winning the Africa Hockey Cup of Nations dropped one place into 14th position but still the top ranked team on the continent. Kenya moved two places into 40th position and still 3rd on the continent. Nigeria who beat Kenya to bronze medal at the ACN, climbed an impressive 16 places into 46th position with Egypt rounding up the top five on the continent and 59th position on the world rankings.
The top three women’s teams remain unchanged as World and European champions Netherlands retain number one spot, with England in second and 2017 Pan American Cup champions Argentina in third.
Asian champions India move into the top ten. Chile, Czech and Singapore climb fives places into 15th, 19th and 35th position with France falling six places into 31st position and Poland five places into 23rd position.
The next series of FIH Hero World Ranking updates will take place after the Hockey World League Finals have finished later this year.
Source : Ghana Hockey Association