KAMPALA: Uganda Cranes have remained unchanged in the latest world football rankings released today by the world’s football governing body FIFA.
The Cranes remain placed 80th in the world with 1305 points and sit 16th in Africa.
Neighbours Kenya also remained at 107, Tanzania moved up by 2 slots to 135, Burundi settle in position 144 while Rwanda at 130. Eritrea at 207 is the lowest ranked nation in the Cecafa region.
Senegal (20), Tunisia (29), Nigeria (34), Algeria (38) and Morocco (39) are the top five countries on the continent.
Belgium remain top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after an action-packed number of weeks in international football which saw 78 friendlies, 74 continental qualifiers and 60 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers take place.
Though the teams in the top ten remain unchanged, there has been some movement. France (2nd, up 1) and Brazil (3rd, down 1) have traded places, while Spain (7th, up 2) are the top ten’s biggest movers.
Other notable upwardly mobile nations include Jamaica (47th, up 5) who have broken into the top 50, Republic of Ireland (28th, up 4), Russia (42nd, up 4), Guatemala (133th, up 11), Suriname (142th, up 9), Montserrat (187th, up 9) and Djibouti (186, up 9), who recently overcame Eswatini (150, down 11) over two legs to advance to the second round of African World Cup qualifying for just the second time.
The Cook Islands are not ranked in the latest standings due to not playing an international “A” match in the last four years. After their next international “A” match, they will be included in the ranking table again with their points total from July 2019 plus/minus the points won or lost in the new match.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 24 October 2019.