Monday, 21 May, 2018

Morocco Retains 42nd Spot in FIFA Ranking

Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung with Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung with Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick
Melissa Porter | 17 May, 2018, 17:27

Nigeria and South Africa have remained unmoved in the May edition of the FIFA World Rankings, although Ghana are one of several nations to have climbed after a relatively quiet month of worldwide football.

Bafana Bafana stay 15th on the African continent with little movement around them‚ but the upcoming COSAFA Cup tournament in the Limpopo province is an opportunity to score points.

However, there were some slight changes in the overall rankings, but Bafana's previous spot of 72nd in the world was free of alterations.

It's a far cry from the glory days when Bafana cracked the top 20 in the rankings (at 19th) after winning the 1996 African Cup of Nations.

Nigeria ranked behind Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco and Egypt, respectively.

DR Congo, ranked third in Africa and 38th in the world, will not be in Russian Federation.

Nigeria, now sixth in Africa and 47th in the world, are the fifth and final African team to have qualified for the June/July spectacle.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 7 June 2018.

The Philippines moved up two places to accomplish their best ever position in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking (111), due to the Azkals' positive results in recent months.

World champions Germany continue to lead the way and are followed by Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Argentina in the top five.