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Friday, January 27, 2012

Something happening in the Gulf of Guinea

In Africa, all eyes are on Equatorial Guinea's achievement (and rightly so). The Equatoguineans (or well, the football players mainly born outside of the country) managed to qualify for the quarterfinals, eliminating Senegal in the process and will climb at least 33 places, from their current ranking of 151st.

However, another nation from the Gulf of Guinea is also making waves. Sao Tome and Principe (population: 163,000), have eliminated Lesotho (population: 2,067,000) in the first round of the 2013 Africa Cup of nations qualifiers after winning 1 - 0 in Sao Tome and getting a goalless draw in Maseru.

They will climb 28 places to 168th, their best ever ranking. Their previous record was 179th in August 2000. Just a quick reminder, Sao Tome have played no games between 16 November 2003 and 11 November 2011.

The Santomeans will now face Sierra Leone in the next round: 29 February at home and 15 June in Freetown.

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