As 2016 draws to a close, Africa as a whole still holds rather poor positions on the global FIFA rankings. The African country ranked highest on the FIFA ranking this year still could not cross the thirty point mark.
One African country has, however, shown very marked improvement on the FIFA rankings front. Guinea-Bissau is without a doubt the biggest mover of the year on the 2016 FIFA ranking. The country managed to gain 78 places since December last year.
Guinea-Bissau is now the overall 68th and the 15th best in Africa according to the rankings. The nation, which reached the Africa Cup of Nations Cup finals for the first time ever thanks to two wins over Kenya and a victory over Zambia in 2016, have had a superb year. They did lose their final qualifier to Congo-Brazzaville but still finished top of their group and therefore managed to clinch a place in Gabon.
They are now above other Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers like Uganda, Togo and Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, Senegal is now the top-ranked African side, holding the 33 spot in the world. Argentina is still the highest-ranked team overall on the list.
Out of the top ten African countries on the FIFA ranking, only Nigeria which currently holds the 51st spot has failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations to hold in Gabon in 2017.
Check out Africa’s Top 10 on Fifa’s December ranking (the global positions are included in brackets):
- Senegal (33)
- Ivory Coast (34)
- Tunisia (35)
- Egypt (36)
- Algeria (38)
- DR Congo(48)
- Burkina Faso (50)
- Nigeria (51) (did not qualify for Gabon 2017)
- Ghana (53)
- Morocco (57)
The other African nations not featured in the top ten who qualified for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations are:
- Mali (11th in Africa, 60th globally)
- Cameroon (13th in Africa, 65th globally)
- Guinea-Bissau (15th in Africa, 68th globally)
- Uganda (18th in Africa, 72nd globally)
- Togo (23rd in Africa, 91st globally)
- Zimbabwe (29th in Africa, 102nd globally)
- Gabon (34th in Africa, 110th globally)