Rwanda improves three places in latest Fifa rankings

Rwanda improves three places in latest Fifa rankings

Amavubi Team

Rwanda’s national football team, Amavubi improved three places from 133rd to 130th in the latest Fifa World rankings released yesterday by the international football governing body.

Amavubi’s last competitive match was during the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarterfinal match which they lost to hosts and eventual winners Kenya in December, a feat which saw them finish the year ranked 133rd in the World and 40th in CAF African rankings.

This month, Amavubi secured 198 points and improved one place to 39th in Caf rankings.

Uganda remains the top ranked nation in the region despite dropping one place to 87th in the world and 22nd in Africa, followed by Ethiopia who also dropped two places to 95th in the world and 24th in Africa.

Kenya remain unmoved as it is ranked 109th position in the world and are 32nd on the African continent. Tanzania improved two places to 118th in the world and 34th in Africa.

Sudan also remained unmoved on 119th in the world and 35th in Africa while Burundi is ranked 124th in the world and 37th in Africa.

In the CAF rankings, Ivory Coast is ranked highest on the African continent and 17th in the world while Ghana, Algeria and Egypt follow suit in second, third and fourth respectively.

There was no movement whatsoever in the top 25, with Spain still holding a comfortable lead over Germany and Argentina.

Saudi Arabia (73rd, up 14) and Egypt (31st, up 10) have made the biggest climbs, both benefiting from the devaluation of older matches.

Five other teams have managed to move up at least five places: South Africa (54th, up 8), United Arab Emirates (63rd, up 8), Belize (152nd, up 7), Oman (79th, up 6) and Mali  (40th, up 5).

More movement is to be expected in the February edition of the FIFA Ranking, which will take into account all the results from the 16-team CAF African Nations Championship [CHAN], which is underway in South Africa.

The tournament is exclusive to players based in their home countries.

The next Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 13 February 2014.

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