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African FIFA Rankings: All 54 Teams From The Continent Ranked

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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 Cisseโ€™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 Africaโ€™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.

PosTeamPoints
1.Senegal๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ1561.68
2.Morocco๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ1529.93
3.Algeria๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ1516.51
4.Tunisia๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ1512.72
5.Nigeria๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ1478.78
6.Egypt๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ1451.77
7.Cameroon๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ1437.35
8.Ghana๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ1428.97
9.Mali๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ1427.98
10.Ivory Coast๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ1417.86
11.Burkina Faso๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ1397.64
12.Congo DR๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ1375.64
13.South Africa๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ1358.24
14.Cabo Verde๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป1339.48
15.Guinea๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ1298.32
16.Uganda๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ1285.28
17.Benin๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ1282.53
18.Zambia๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ1264.64
19.Gabon๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ1262
20.Congo๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ1221.4
21.Madagascar๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ1205.61
22.Kenya๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช1202.26
23.Mauritania๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ท1190.26
24.Guinea-Bissau๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ผ1177.14
25.Sierra-Leone๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ1174.12
26.Namibia๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ1162.93
27.Niger๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช1158.39
28.Equatorial Guinea๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถ1156.78
29.Libya๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พ1151.06
30.Mozambique๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ1151
31.Zimbabwe๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ1138.44
32.Togo๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ1133.24
33.Sudan๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ1131.74
34.Angola๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด1131.72
35.Malawi๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ1127.21
36.Central African Republic๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ1127.2
37.Tanzania๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ1118.76
38.Comoros๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฒ1117.65
39.Rwanda๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ1095.34
40.Ethiopia๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น1087.89
41.Burundi๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ1075.82
42.Liberia๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท1058.28
43.Lesotho๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ1057.62
44.Eswatini๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ1054.14
45.Botswana๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ1051.59
46.Gambia๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ1049.74
47.South Sudan๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ980.25
48.Mauritius๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ964.94
49.Chad๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉ935
50.Sรฃo Tomรฉ & Prรญncipe๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡น903.31
51.Djibouti๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฏ896.62
52.Somalia๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด873.71
53.Seychelles๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ870.63
54.Eritrea๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ท855.56

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 FIFAโ€™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, itโ€™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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