By Alex Osei-Boateng
ACCRA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Ghana maintained its 52nd position in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Monday, despite gaining five points in its point buildup.
The Black Stars, which also retained its 8th slot on the continental pecking order, increased its total point accumulation from 646 points in September to 651 points this month.
The ranking comes at the backdrop of Ghana's inability to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after drawing goalless against Uganda at the penultimate qualifier in Kampala on October 7.
Ghana however defeated the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia 3-0 in a FIFA international friendly last Tuesday.
Leading the African ranking is Tunisia, ranked 28th in the world, with Egypt (30) and Senegal (32) at the second and third positions respectively.
With the World Cup qualification obviously over for Ghana, the West African soccer powerhouse now turns its focus to preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which resumes in March, next year.
Ghana finished second at the 2015 edition of the AFCON in Equatorial Guinea after losing 9-8 on penalties to neighbors Cote d'Ivoire.