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FIFA Ranking: Rwanda Slips to 116th

by Bonnie Mugabe
10:51 pm

Libya’s Matoyq Ali left tackles Zico Justin of Rwanda’s Amavubi during their 2017 Council of East and Central Africa Football Association senior Challenge Cup at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 8, 2017. The match ended in a goalless draw. Photo/Mohammed Amin/www.Sports-pot.com

Rwanda’s Amavubi team have slipped three places in the latest Fifa rankings released by the world football governing body on Thursday.

Rwanda, one of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) representatives at the on-going Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), sits in 116th position globally and 31st on the continent with 295 points.

Neighbours Uganda moved two places up to 73rd globally and 16th on the continent.

Cranes are still the highest ranked nation in the Cecafa region followed by Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi and Tanzania.

Rwanda’s foes at the 2019 Afcon qualifiers Cote d’Ivoire remained unmoved at 61st position, Guinea dropped one place to 66th while Central Africa Republic improved one place to 121st respectively.

CHAN Group C opponents Nigeria remained unmoved in 51st slot, Libya dropped one place to 89th position while Equatorial Guinea improved five places to 141st position.

Rwanda is expected to rise in next month’s rankings which will put into perspective the on-going CAF CHAN tournament currently underway in Morocco.

Amavubi Stars held Nigeria to a goalless draw in the opening Group C match and will play Equatorial Guinea on Friday.

Four of the top five African ranked teams have all qualified for Russia 2018 with Tunisia – one of the biggest movers – moving up four places into top spot, followed by Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and DR Congo.

The global ranking remained the same with the top five consisting of World Cup holders Germany in top spot, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium.