Ethiopia improves 11 places in July FIFA rankings


The Ethiopian national football team made a big move up in the just-released monthly FIFA ranking for July. The Ethiopian side moved to the 119th place from 130th at the start of June. In May Ethiopia’s standing was 138th. Ethiopia’s position in Africa is 34th.
This is a big improvement in the space of two months. The basic factor for this big upward move is the achievements made in the World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifiers. In the World Cup qualifiers Ethiopia are on top of Group A with four points from two games. The most surprising point earned in this qualification was a 1-1 away draw against South Africa.  In the African Nation’s Cup the national side reached the final stage beating Benin with an away goal rule. In the first leg held in Addis the two sides were separated by a goalless tie while in the second leg in Benin they finished level at 1-1. These performance gave the national side improve standings in the July FIFA rankings.
The Central African Republic (CAR), which recently handed seven-time African champion Egypt a rare home defeat that has now denied the North Africans a place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals, is the biggest mover in this monthly FIFA ranking. CAR leapt 20 places up, from 93rd in June to 73rd in July, according to the ranking.
Ethiopia beat CAR 2-0 in the first leg of the World Cup qualifiers in Addis Ababa. CAR stand second in Group A, next to Ethiopia.
Other big movers are Namibia, up 17 places, Malawi (14 places), DR Congo (13 places) and Ethiopia (11 places).
The biggest fall was recorded by Kenya, which dropped 14 places, and Chad (11).
The top six teams in Africa remain unchanged, while only one change was recorded in the top 10 in the continent, as Sierra Leone dropped from 10th to 13th while Nigeria moved up from 11th to 10th.
Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria, Libya, Mali and African champion Zambia, in that order, maintained their respective June positions in Africa’s top 10 for July.
However, Egypt and Tunisia swapped places in the latest ranking, with the Pharaohs dropping from 7th to 8th place and Tunisia moving up one notch. Gabon remains at number 9.
The bottom five teams in Africa in June remain glued to the bottom in the latest ranking: Eritrea, Somalia, Mauritius, Djibouti and Mauritania, in the order.