FIFA Rankings: Senegal "rules" Africa for 3rd straight month

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Senegal claimed its third straight top spot in the latest FIFA ranking for African men's national teams, retaining the 33rd position in the world rankings.

According to the latest FIFA rankings, released in Zurich on Thursday, the Senegalese stayed ahead of second-placed Cote d'Ivoire, also for the third straight ranking, since they displaced the Ivorians from the top spot on 24 November, 2016.

Egypt and Tunisia swapped places, with the Pharaohs in third place and Tunisia fourth.

Below is the full ranking (tabulated under African Ranking (AR), World Ranking (WR) and teams.

AR  WR    Team
1 33 Senegal
2 34 Côte d'Ivoire
3 35 Egypt
4 36 Tunisia
5 39 Algeria
6 49 DR Congo
7 50 Nigeria
8 53 Burkina Faso
9 54 Ghana
10 57 Morocco
11 60 South Africa
12 62 Cameroon
13 64 Mali
14 66 Benin
15 68 Guinea-Bissau
16 70 Guinea
17 71 Congo
18 73 Uganda
19 79 Cape Verde Islands
20 87 Kenya
21 88 Zambia
22 89 Libya
23 90 Togo
24 93 Rwanda
25 96 Sierra Leone
26 99 Swaziland
27 100 Namibia
28 101 Liberia
29 102 Malawi
30 103 Zimbabwe
31 104 Central African Republic
32 106 Mozambique
33 108 Gabon
34 112 Ethiopia
35 113 Mauritania
36 113 Botswana
37 115 Equatorial Guinea
38 127 Niger
39 135 Madagascar
40 137 Sudan
41 139 Burundi
42 141 Comoros
43 142 Lesotho
44 144 Angola
45 147 Mauritius
46 151 Chad
47 153 São Tomé and Príncipe
48 156 Tanzania
49 168 South Sudan
50 177 Gambia
51 185 Seychelles
52 205 Djibouti
53 205 Eritrea
54 205 Somalia

On the global stage, there are few big changes, with the top 34 positions remaining unchanged - Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.

FIFA said despite the overall stability of the January table, two new teams broke into the Top 50. Saudi Arabia (48, up 6 places) and Nigeria (50, up 1) moved up at the expense of Albania (51, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53, down 3).

With the biggest move by both points and rankings, Suriname (128, up 22) were January’s best performer. Despite their recent improvement, the CONCACAF team are still some distance from their best ever position (84), recorded back in 2008.

The small Southern African nation of Swaziland, meanwhile, reached its best ever position (99, up 1). The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 February, 2017.
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13 january 2017 05:23:01




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