Ghana will not be among the top seeds for the 2014 World Cup group after FIFA decided to bin previous records in favour of rankings to determine which countries are seeded.
FIFA will use its rankings, to be released tomorrow, to determine top seeds in the groups along with hosts Brazil.
The seven highest teams in the October rankings will join Brazil among the top seeds which means the Black Stars impressive previous records will not count.
The West Africans have been the most impressive African side at the past two World Cups in Germany and South Africa.
Ghana are almost certain to qualify for the tournament in Brazil after thrashing Egypt 6-1 in the first-leg of the playoff in Kumasi.
The system decided by FIFA’s executive committee means Belgium and Colombia are almost assured of being seeded in the Dec. 6 draw if they advance as expected this month.
Both failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
The current top seven teams are Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay. Brazil is ranked No. 8.
FIFA said the other three draw pots in the 32-team tournament will be determined by ”geographic and sports criteria.”
FIFA is using a simple reference to its world rankings and not weighing teams’ performances at previous World Cups.
The governing body will publish the next rankings Oct. 17.