KAMPALA: Uganda Cranes have dropped by one slot in the latest Fifa rankings released Friday by the World’s football governing body, with just a week to kick off the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The Cranes moved down to 80th position in the world and 16th in Africa.
Uganda’s opponents in Afcon are Congo DR at 49th (5th on the continent), Egypt at 58th (8th on the continent) and Zimbabwe at 109th (26th on the continent).
In East Africa, Kenya improved by 3 slots to position 105, Tanzania remained unmoved at 131, closely followed by Burundi at 134 and Rwanda at 136.
The top five countries in Africa remained unchanged; Senegal (22), Tunisia (25), Nigeria (45), Morocco (47), and Congo DR (49).
Belgium (1st, unchanged) continue at the top, increasing their advantage over France (2nd, unchanged). Portugal up to 5th, (up 2), moved into the top five on the back of their UEFA Nations League triumph, while the Netherlands (14th, up 2) edged upwards after reaching the final of the same competition.
Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Uruguay, Switzerland and Denmark are the top ten ranked nations in the world.
The Biggest movers were Armenia, Hungary, and Malaysia (up 9 ranks each) to 97, 42 and 159 respectively while Greece dropped the hardest by down 9 ranks to 52.
Teams inactive for more than four years are not ranked.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 25 July 2019.