Egypt secures the first spot in Africa; Ethiopia jumps up nine steps


The aftermath of the 2017 African Nation’s Cup has shaken up the FIFA rankings as Egypt returns to the top spot. Cameroon, which has won five previous African Cups, frog leaped to third place. Uganda is the only highly ranked East African nation. Ethiopia rose nine spots and is ranked 103rd in the world.  Argentina is still on top of the rankings, in fact the top ten remain the same except for France moving Colombia out of the sixth spot.

Gabon’s unusual cup final, led to a huge shake up in the way African nations were ranked. Egypt’s second place finish in the tourney helped them jump twelve steps to 23rd in the world rankings. Senegal stands 31st and second in Africa. The surprise African champions that beat all the odds to take home the trophy for the fifth time, Cameroon managed to jump 29 steps to 33rd in the world and fourth in the continent.  The Indomitable Lions are followed by Tunisia, DRC, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Algeria. Ivory Coast went down 13 spots and Algeria 11.

Uganda spear heads the East African table despite losing two steps following its early exit from Gabon. Uganda stands 75th in the world ranking followed by Kenya at 87th, Rwanda at 100th and Ethiopia although they played no international matches in January jumped nine steps to sit 103rd in the world ranking. The 31st African Nations Cup final host nation Gabon shot up 21 steps to sit 87th in the world ranking. Cameroon moved the most in January while Ivory Coast lost the most ground-13 places.