With the recent Africa Cup of Nations finals still fresh in the memory, it seems odd to be talking about the next tournament in two years’ time already, but when your interest is in the weakest of teams, qualifying can start early.
The next AFCON tournament has included a preliminary qualifying round to ensure the numbers for the main group stage of qualifying are even. And so six unfortunates have to play home and away clashes to remove three nations from qualifying. Continue reading →
A lack of action on the field for our group of unfortunates hasn’t meant there is nothing to report from a Worst in the World perspective. On the contrary, that lack of action means that all seven teams currently ranked at the foot of the world rankings. have been steadily clocking up additional months in that position. As a consequence each nation is climbing up the all-time worst in the world rankings.
For the uninitiated, this list doesn’t imply that the current worst teams are any better or worse than their predecessors on the field – they have all spent time as officially the worst national teams in the world after all. What it does do, however, is log how many published world rankings each nation sat at the bottom of. And this current lack of action for certainly six of the seven nations means they are adding to their tally significantly.
Here’s a brief rundown of what this all means for each of our worst in the world nations. Continue reading →
4th September 2016 AFCON Qualifier Stade de Kegue, Lome, Togo
Togo 5-0 Djibouti
Djibouti rounded off their African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a lacklustre 5-0 defeat in Togo, thus ensuring they finished with no points from their six games.
This handsome victory was also enough to push Togo into one of the best runners-up slots that secured them a place at next year’s finals. Tunisia hammered Liberia 4-1 to grab the automatic qualifying place for winning the group.
But such lofty ambitions are far from the thoughts of the Riverains de la Mer Rouge who are the only current Worst in the World nation to have had regular action over the last 12 months. Continue reading →
2015 may not have been a year of many Worst in the World matches but it has seen a raft of changes to those struggling at the wrong end of the FIFA rankings. The year began with just Bhutan cut adrift from the other 208 members of FIFA as the lone, and therefore undisputed, worst national team in the world, with no ranking points and little hope. Continue reading →
Even in the years before the more recent migration crises, there has been a steady drift of migrants from Africa, and East Africa in particular, to Europe. Sweden has accepted a number of migrants over the years, and in recent news were the first to take in a number of Eritrean migrants under the rather controversial EU quote scheme.
One son of an earlier migrant to Sweden from Eritrea is Henok Goitom, a striker with quite a successful career in some of Europe’s top leagues, who now plays for AIK Solna, his home town team, in Sweden’s Allsvenskan top division. Continue reading →
“I will name new faces from inside and outside the country to join the Eritrean National squad during the coming days, as they will help the team to continue winning.” These were the hopeful words of the Eritrean national team coach, Alemseged Efrem, earlier this year ahead of the first round of African World Cup qualification.
His contention that Eritrea could “keep winning” was a rather rose-tinted one. Continue reading →
The release of a new set of FIFA world rankings is often a predictable day for the Worst in the World club. Frequently it’s merely a case of confirming another month added on to the tally of those stuck stranded at the bottom of the world. There is the occasional glorious escape confirmed, and the odd descent to the lowest rung decided. Continue reading →