Ethiopia leaps into unprecedented FIFA world ranking

A frog leap places Ethiopia in the 102nd spot in the latest FIFA world rankings, the highest ever placement, in recent times. Spain is in the driving seat of the world rankings, which they have held for more than two years, while Ivory Coast leads the Africans.
In the African Nations Cup final for the first time in 31 years and being one of the eight African women sides in the Women’s African Cup has helped Ethiopia jump up sixteen places. Coming back from 5-3 first leg away defeat to Sudan in the African qualification campaign to win 2-0 at home and securing a spot to the African Nations Cup final in South Africa happened to be the turning point in favor of Ethiopia while Sudan goes down two places from the previous month’s ranking. Uganda, 86th in world rankings, leads East African football followed by Ethiopia and Sudan sharing the 102nd spot, collecting equal 333 points each.
Ivory Coast still rides high in the Continent’s rankings, sitting on top, and ranked 15th in world. Following the Elephants are Algeria (19th), Mali (28th), Ghana (29th), Zambia (39th), Egypt (40th) and Tunisia (46th) make up the continent’s big seven.
There are few changes in the rankings of the Planet’s football heavyweights. World and European champions Spain still claims top spot, next only to Brazil who was at the top for nearly a decade. Brazil has slipped, currently 13th in the table. Spain sits on top with 5640 points followed by Germany (4210) and Argentina (3491). England exchanged the 5th spot with Italy to sit 6th despite leading the World Cup group qualifier. The highest looser appears to be Scotland, drifting down 14 steps to sit70th.