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Rwanda Up Two Spots In FIFA Rankings

by Bonnie Mugabe
5:19 pm

Amavubi right back Eric Iradukunda seen trying to go past a midfielder of Equatorial Guinea during the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) held in Morocco last month.

Rwanda have climbed two spots to 114th in the world in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.

Amavubi also moved up one place to 31st in Africa.

Having featured at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) where Rwanda failed to go past the group stages, drawing goalless against Nigeria, registering a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea and losing 0-1 the final group game against Libya, earned them a opportunity to increase by one point to 283 in this month’s ranking.

Meanwhile, neighbors Uganda remain the best placed Eastern Africa country despite slumping down five places to 78th, Kenya are second in the region after dropping one place to 106th while Zdravko Logarusic’s Sudan who reached the CHAN 2018 semi finals have moved six places up and are now ranked 118th.

The Democratic Republic of Congo are Africa’s most notable climbers in the February edition of the FIFA World Rankings, while Nigeria drop one place and South Africa climb.

The Congolese, fifth in the rankings released in January, have moved up to third in Africa after climbing four places in the overall standings.

They overtake Morocco and Egypt in the continental standings, and move up to 39th in the overall world standings.

Tunisia remain Africa’s top team, 23rd in the overall rankings, while Senegal are second in the continent and 27th overall.

Morocco (42nd worldwide) and Egypt (43rd) complete the top five, although the latter drop 13 places in the overall standings and, along with Burkina Faso, are the continent’s biggest fallers.

The lowest-ranked of the continent’s five World Cup-bound teams, Nigeria, drop one place to 52nd worldwide – and seventh in Africa – while Ghana drop fourth to 54th.

Congo-Brazzaville are the continent’s biggest climbers, moving up eight places overall to 88th in the world, with South Africa also climbing one spot to 77th overall.

FIFA explained the massive drops of African teams due to the fact that games in the recent CHAN tournament only count as friendlies, because it’s not a official FIFA-accredited tournament.

In addition, the devaluation of last year’s CAF African Cup of Nations in calculating points tallies also played a major role.The Amavubi made the move as the rankings are calculated over the previous four years.

“The dropping of certain countries on the continent can be attributed both to results in recent friendlies and in the devaluation in the calculation of points linked to CAF’s Africa Cup of Nations last year,” read a statement on FIFA’s website.

“However, there’s also good news for Congo (88th, +8 places) and Sudan (118th, +6 places).

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