The Top 10 Ranked African National Teams For January

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: January 13, 2017, 3:00 am
Top 10 Ranked African National TeamsCote D'Ivoire continue to put pressure on top spot -

The top 10 ranked African national teams for the month have been revealed this week, with world football’s governing body releasing the FIFA ranking for January.

African football has experienced a shift in perceptions during the last decade, with many pundits from around globe agreeing that the quality of the game on the continent has grown immensely.

An indication of which national teams are the best on the continent is available in the form of the FIFA Ranking, which is updated monthly and ranks members of world football’s governing body, including the associations linked to the Confederation of African Football.

The FIFA monthly ranking was released for the month of January, and here we take a closer look at how the African teams were ranked in relation to each other and the rest of the world.

Below are the top 10 ranked African national teams in world football in January, according to the FIFA ranking.

Sources: FIFA.

Top 10 Ranked African National Teams - Sadio Mane featuring for Senegal. Photo: Kickoff

Sadio Mane featuring for Senegal. Photo: Kickoff

1) Senegal – 33

The Teranga Lions of Senegal remain the top ranked national team in Africa, having captured the top spot in November. Going into the 2017 AFCON they will have added confidence as the best ranked side on the continent.

2017 Confederations Cup

Can Cote D’Ivoire defend their AFCON title in Gabon? –

2) Cote D’Ivoire – 34

The defending AFCON champions are second but remain in the hunt for the top spot which Senegal currently occupies. At 34th overall, the Elephants are only a single place away from their West African rivals, and what happens in Gabon will determine the struggle for top spot.

2017 AFCON Qualification

Egypt striker Mohamed Salah –

3) Egypt – 35

The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia fell one spot during January and as a result the Pharaohs of Egypt took advantage and jumped onto the African podium in third place. All three of the Africans on the podium are within three overall places from each other.

Ahmed Akaichi - Tunisia

Tunisia fell to fourth in January –

4) Tunisia – 36

Tunisia will be disappointed to have exited the top three places from an African perspective this month, falling from third to fourth with only a single place backward movement to 36th overall.

Riyad Mahrez in action for the Algerian national team. Photo: FourthOfficial

Riyad Mahrez in action for the Algerian national team. Photo: FourthOfficial

5) Algeria – 39

Earlier in the year Algeria was top of the African rankings, but since then their results have been inconsistent, leading to a decline that now sees them in fifth place and 39th globally. The Fennec Foxes will need to make the most of the 2017 AFCON if they are to return to the pinnacle of the African rankings.

Padou Bompunga - Congo DR

Congo DR remain in sixth from an African perspective this month –

6) Congo DR – 49

A one-place decrease in this month’s rankings means that the Democratic Republic of Congo earn 49th place overall, but their fans will be pleased to note that the single place did not affect their continental ranking, which sees them remain sixth in Africa.

African World Cup qualifying

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up in the ranking –

7) Nigeria – 50

The Super Eagles of Nigeria managed a leap up the standings to 50th overall and seventh on the continent, but that improvement may be short-lived, as they have not qualified for the 2017 AFCON and will likely fall down the rankings as a result in February.

Burkina Faso are eighth on the continent. Photo:

8) Burkina Faso – 53

The biggest decline in the African top 10 list for January saw the Stallions of Burkina Faso fall three places to lose their seventh spot to Nigeria, as they are now in eighth place and 53rd overall.

André Ayew

It has been a shocking decline for Ghana in the rankings –

9) Ghana – 54

Ghana’s decline has been steady over the past few months, and January saw a further one-place slip to 54th overall, placing the Black Stars ninth on the continent. They need to take the AFCON opportunity if they are to avoid falling out of the top 10 altogether.

Youssef El Arabi

Morocco is in tenth place this month – Photo:

10) Morocco – 57

The Atlas Lions of Morocco re-entered the top 10 in November, and at position 57 overall, the North Africans have maintained their place as the tenth-best team for the last two months.

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