The latest FIFA World Rankings for all 54 African national teams have been unveiled.
Senegal ended 2021 in the African FIFA rankings in the same way they started it by coming out on top.
The Lions of Teranga ended the year with a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Congo in November, granting them passage into the third round as Group H winners.
Aliou Cisse’s side won 11 of their 16 games in 2021, settling for three draws and losing just two times. Therefore, FIFA has ranked them as Africa’s best team at the moment. Morocco came second in the list, while the newly crowned Arab Cup winners Algeria leapfrogged Tunisia into third.
African FIFA Rankings
Below is the full list of African teams ranked by FIFA as of 23 December, 2021.
|36.||Central African Republic||🇨🇫||1127.2|
|50.||São Tomé & Príncipe||🇸🇹||903.31|
Where there any big changes?
There were no significant changes to the African FIFA rankings after a relatively quiet period of international football.
Algeria, who defeated Morocco on penalties in the Arab Cup final in December, displaced Tunisia as the third-best team.
Togo, Angola, Botswana, and Gambia also moved slightly up the rankings.
Equatorial Guinea, meanwhile, made the most progress compared to every team from the continent. The Central African side improved by 59.78 points to become Africa’s 28th best-ranked team, as well as the 114th best in the world.
Belgium remains FIFA’s highest-ranked team overall
The African teams, though, are still some way off the overall best in FIFA’s World Rankings. Senegal, for example, are in 20th. Morocco and Algeria are in 28th and 29th places respectively.
Nigeria, who are fifth in the African FIFA rankings, occupy the 36th spot in the global rankings. South Africa remain in 13th in Africa and 68th in the overall list.
Ghana, who are chasing a fifth AFCON title next month, are the eighth best-ranked African team and 52nd in the world.
Instead, it’s Belgium who sit top of the global FIFA rankings ahead of the new year. The Red Devils just edged runners-up Brazil by 2.1 points. 2018 World Cup winners France are in third.
England, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and the Netherlands complete the top 10.
When will the FIFA African Rankings be updated?
FIFA will publish its next world rankings on 10 February 2022.
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