Ethiopia may not have had a title to celebrate in December,
but their performances in the Cecafa Cup were enough to propel them
back into the top 100 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Indeed,
Ethiopia moved up 15 places to 90th in the latest standings, after
last month dropping out of the top 100.
Ethiopia's profile in African soccer has vacillated as they seek to fight their way back to a position of respectability. They are one of the founder members of African football and are former continental champions, but they have not featured in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations for several decades.
The next task for the Walyas Boys is now to make a positive start to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers.
Ethiopia have been draw with Morocco, Mauritania and Rwanda in a group where they will feel they have a strong chance to finish in the top two. Morocco will be the favourites but Ethiopia have the potential to advance into the second phase of the African preliminaries.
There have been significant recent changes in the leadership of Ethiopian football in recent weeks, and a new board, full of celebrity names, has been mainly welcomed by supporters.
The Ethiopians have several months now to put their side together for a tilt at FIFA World Cup qualification. The country has several exports in nearby Yemen, but their best known player is the striker Fikru Tefera, who plays in South Africa's Premier Soccer League with SuperSport United.
Calculation of points for a single match
P = M x I x T x C
M: points for Match result
Teams gain 3 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat. In a penalty shoot-out, the winning team gains 2 points and the losing team gains 1 point.
I: Importance of match
Friendly match (including small competitions): I = 1.0
FIFA World Cup™ qualifier or confederation-level qualifier: I = 2.5
Confederation-level final competition or FIFA Confederations Cup: I = 3.0
FIFA World Cup™ final competition: I = 4.0
T: strength of opposing Team
The strength of the opponents is based on the formula: 200 – the ranking position of the opponents.As an exception to this formula, the team at the top of the ranking is always assigned the value 200 and the teams ranked 150th and below are assigned a minimum value of 50. The ranking position is taken from the opponents’ ranking in the most recently published FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
C: strength of Confederation
When calculating matches between teams from different confederations, the mean value of the confederations to which the two competing teams belong is used. The strength of a confederation is calculated on the basis of the number of victories by that confederation at the last three FIFA World Cup™ competitions (see following page). Their values are as follows:
|Points Last Month|
|NGA - ETH||2:0||0||2.5||167||0.86||0|
|Points outside Ranking calculation|