Barbados Tridents move up ranking
Barbados jumped six spots to 154th while Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have regained the top spot in the Caribbean Football Union rankings, taking over from French Caribbean neighbours Haiti in the latest release on Thursday.
After slumping to their worst ranking of 181st in mid-year, Barbados, who finished in the cellar position in the Windward Islands tournament with a solitary win in four matches, narrowly defeated Bermuda 3-2 in their last friendly international.
The Barbados Tridents now sit at eighth spot among the CFU teams, while the Jamaicans climbed five spots to 54th in the overall FIFA rankings, with Haiti falling one place to 57th.
Jamaica, however, played no international games over the last month, with their last fixture being a 2-0 defeat to Canada at the BMO Field in Toronto last September.
Haiti, meanwhile, came away with a win in their last international friendly, pulling off a 1-0 victory over United Arab Emirates at the Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium in Al Ain two weeks ago.
Jamaica and Haiti are two of four CFU countries inside the FIFA top 100, with Curacao ranked 84th and Trinidad and Tobago, 89th.
Curacao jumped five places overall to overtake Trinidad and Tobago and assume third place in the CFU, on the heels of their 2-1 win over Qatar at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha earlier this month.
Trinidad and Tobago, however, fell six places and are now fourth in the CFU. The Kenwyne Jones-coached side produced two lacklustre performances at home earlier this month in earning a 2-2 draw against Grenada and a 1-1 stalemate against Guyana.
St Kitts and Nevis (113), Suriname (128) and Antigua and Barbuda (140) occupy CFU’s fifth, sixth and seventh spots respectively. (CMC/EZS)