Mixed Feelings for African Countries in Latest World Rankings

It was a tale of mixed feelings for African countries on the latest world rankings revealed on August 12 with African champions, Algeria, making a giant leap while West Africa’s powerhouse Nigeria dropped places.

Senegal climbed to the first position on the continent after their impressive performances in the month under review.

African Countries Mixed in Latest World Rankings

African Champions Algeria Make Giant Leap

The Teranga Lions participated in the 2021 COSAFA Cup and finished as runner-up in the competition despite starting the tournament on a shaky note after losing the opening game to Namibia.

Senegal saw off Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Eswatini to reach the final but lost 5-4 on penalties to South Africa.

Notwithstanding their inability to clinch the title, they were able to garner 1545 points to emerge as the 21st best team in the world.

Tunisia dropped two points and finished in the 28th position with 1515 points after losing one of their two friendlies to Algeria.

The Carthage Eagles managed to keep their second spot on the continent above third-place African champions Algeria.

The Desert Foxes demolished Liberia 5-1 in their last friendly outing which ensured they climbed to the third spot on the continent and 30th in the world after the result of that fixture.

Algeria Qualify for 2022 African Cup of Nations

Algeria was one of the earliest countries to secure a place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for Cameroon and finished top of their group.

Morocco, meanwhile, climbed nine places to finish fourth on the continent and 32nd in the world after delivering fine performances in their previous outings.

The Atlas Lions defeated West African giants Ghana and Burkina Faso to clinch 1488 points above fifth-placed Nigeria.

The Super Eagles played out a 0-0 draw against Cameroon before suffering a 4-0 defeat against Mexico in the last friendlies. The result ensured they dropped seven points to finish 34th in the world and fifth on the continent.

Nigeria and other African countries will hope to improve on their performances in the World Cup qualifying games later this month, with the Super Eagles scheduled to take on Liberia, Morocco will face Sudan, Tunisia will slug it out against Equatorial Guinea and Senegal will host Togo.

Belgium remains the best team in the world with 1822 points while Brazil [1798] and France [1762] are second and third respectively.


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