Uganda Drops a Place

The Uganda Cranes has dropped a place according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Wednesday, April 7th.

Uganda was in the 83rd position in February but now falls to 84th in the current world rankings while they are now 17th in Africa with 1286.76 points.

This drop follows the team’s poor show at the recently concluded AFCON 2021 qualifiers where they finished third in group B, behind Burkina Faso and Malawi and Consequently failed to make it to a third consecutive AFCON final in Cameroon.

Uganda drew goalless with Burkina Faso at home and lost to Malawi away in their last two group stage games that were all played in March.

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Despite the fall, Uganda remains the best ranked in the CECAFA region followed by Kenya who are now 102nd (world). Sudan (123rd), Rwanda (129th), Tanzania (137th), Ethiopia (140th), Burundi( 142nd), South Sudan (169th), Djibouti (183rd), Somalia ( 197th) and Eritrea( 203rd) follow in that order.

The biggest movers are Guinea-Bissau (No. 108, plus-11), and Namibia (No. 111, plus-10).

The top six remain unchanged with Belgium still on top, ahead of France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Spain with Italy jumping three places to No. 7. Argentina and Uruguay each slipped one spot to No. 8 and 9, respectively, while Denmark moved up two spots to No. 10.

The next FIFA World Rankings will be published on 27th May 2021.

Who tops on the African continent?

The Lions of Teranga, who were the first side to qualify for AFCON 2021, have dropped two places to 22nd in the latest standings but are still Africa’s best-placed country, four spots ahead of Tunisia.

Nigeria have climbed four places in the latest ranking and now occupy 32nd place overall, meaning the Super Eagles have overtaken reigning African champions Algeria as the continent’s third strongest side, albeit by the narrowest of margins.

The North African giants rank just one place behind Nigeria, while neighbours Morocco trail by a further position following last month’s continental qualifiers.

Uganda Drops a Place

Egypt are next in line in 46th position, three places ahead of Ghana, while AFCON hosts Cameroon have dropped five places to 55th and are now trailed closely by continental giants Mali and Ivory Coast.

Meanwhile, South Africa are only ranked 15th on the continent and 75th overall after dropping five spots following Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for next year’s showpiece tournament.