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|Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:05 pm Post subject: Boyz end year at No 57 in FIFA rankings
Thursday, December 21, 2006
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - Cuba stayed No 1 in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rankings for the second month in a row when FIFA issued its latest Coca Cola world rankings yesterday.
After unseating Jamaica as the top team in the region last month and maintaining their unbeaten run in Digicel Caribbean Cup football, the Cubans kept their world ranking of 46th in the December ratings, 11 places above Jamaica.
The Jamaica Reggae Boyz, who suffered a surprise elimination from the Digicel Caribbean Cup and drew 1-1 with Peru in their latest international, climbed one place up FIFA's world list to No 57.
SVG, who upset Jamaica in the Digicel Cup in September, retained third place in the CFU, followed by Trinidad and Tobago in their unfamiliar position of No 4.
Trinidad and Tobago, with a remarkable eight Caribbean Cup titles in 12 years of the competition, qualified for their first ever World Cup Finals tournament - appearing in Germany in June - this year.
The T&T Soca Warriors had risen to No 1 in the CFU for July, August and September before being surpassed by Jamaica in October and slipping further in subsequent months.
Barbados and the Dominican Republic were the biggest movers in the CFU for the December ratings.
The Barbadians, who toppled higher-rated St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) while winning Group G of the Digicel Cup's second round at home with an unbeaten label, moved three places up the CFU list to No 5.