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Egypt Leads the Continent in the Latest World FIFA Rankings Despite AFCON Final Loss

Egypt have continued their remarkable rise as the continent’s heavy weights after yet again moving up in the FIFA International Global rankings.

After finishing as runners-up in the recently ended African Cup of Nations, Egypt have climbed 12 places from last month’s 35th to 23rd in the FIFA rankings published on 9th February, 2017.

The Pharaoh’s managed an almost impossible task of getting to the final of the Nations Cup without conceding a goal or losing a game.

In the six games they played, Hector Cuper’s side managed a goalless draw with Mali, a late 1-0 win over Uganda before beating Ghana to leave the group stages. They beat Morocco before ousting crowd favorites Burkina Faso 4-3 on a penalty shootout to get to the final.

AFCON champions Cameroon made the biggest leap, jumping 29 places to 33rd, while Ivory Coast were the worst dropping 13 places.

The hosts Gabon rose 21 places to 87th despite dropping out in the group stages while Senegal are 31st, just eight places behind Egypt.

Argentina are top of the rankings with 1,635 points, followed by Brazil and then World Champions Germany. Chile, Belgium, France, Colombia, Portugal and France make the other seven in the top ten.


Africa’s Top 10.

  1. Egypt
  2. Senegal
  3. Cameroon
  4. Tunisia
  5. DR Congo
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Nigeria
  8. Ghana
  9. Cote d’Ivoire
  10. Morocco


World’s Top 10.

  1. Argentina
  2. Brazil
  3. Germany
  4. Chile
  5. Belgium
  6. France
  7. Colombia
  8. Portugal
  9. Uruguay
  10. Spain


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