The Top 10 Ranked African National Teams For February

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: February 17, 2017, 4:10 am
Top 10 Ranked African National TeamsEgyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary celebrates. Photo: FIFA.com

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 February.

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 February, 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 February, according to the FIFA ranking.

Sources: FIFA.

team of the tournament - Egypt striker Mohamed Salah. Photo: beIN Sports

Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was on form at the Nations Cup. Photo: beIN Sports

1) Egypt – 23

Thanks to their incredible run to the final of the 2017 AFCON, where they lost 2-1 to Cameroon in the title match, the Pharaohs of Egypt have managed to earn top spot in the FIFA rankings from an African perspective this month, and 23rd overall.

2017 Africa Cup of Nations

Sadio Mane scored for Senegal at the AFCON. Photo: Kickoff

2) Senegal – 31

Despite a disappointing run at the AFCON, which they were expected to win, the Teranga Lions of Senegal moved two spots up to 31 overall, but lost the top position in Africa to the Egyptians.

Cameroon win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title. Photo: Daily Maverick

Cameroon win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title. Photo: Daily Maverick

3) Cameroon – 33

AFCON champions Cameroon experienced a massive 29-place improvement in the rankings to 33rd overall, while reaching the podium of the African selection, placing third behind beaten finalists Egypt and Senegal.

Ahmed Akaichi - Tunisia

Tunisia remain in fourth place – starafrica.com

4) Tunisia – 36

Every team in the top 10 in Africa has moved up or down this month, except for Tunisia, which remained rooted in 36th place globally and fourth from an African perspective. They emerged from the group stages of the AFCON, but went no further.

Junior Kabananga and his DR Congo teammates. Photo: beIN Sports

Junior Kabananga and his DR Congo teammates. Photo: beIN Sports

5) DR Congo – 37

Fifth place on the continent is not bad, and an improvement on January’s placing for the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 37 overall, the Congolese improved 12 places this month based on a good performance at the Nations Cup in Gabon.

2017 Africa Cup of Nations - Prejuce Nakoulma is on form for Burkina Faso. Photo: Alchetron

Prejuce Nakoulma was on form for Burkina Faso. Photo: Alchetron

6) Burkina Faso – 38

Position 38 overall represents a 15-place improvement for the Burkinabe this month, having taken part in the 2017 AFCON in Gabon. They have now moved up the top 10 for the month from eighth to sixth in Africa.

African World Cup qualifying

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

7) Nigeria – 41

The Super Eagles of Nigeria managed a leap up the standings to 50th overall and seventh on the continent in January, and while they have maintained their seventh position on the continent, they will be pleased to move nine points up to 41 overall.

André Ayew penalty

André Ayew scored for Ghana in Gabon – todayafrica.com

8) Ghana – 45

After months of decline, the Black Stars of Ghana have finally managed to make gains on the FIFA Rankings in February, moving nine places up to 45th overall and eighth on the continent.

2017 AFCON

Cote D’Ivoire disappointed at the AFCON. Photo: Gallo

9) Cote D’Ivoire – 47

Cote D’Ivoire’s decline has been incredible, falling from the top ranked side in Africa to the ninth, holding on for dear life after a 13 place demotion in February thanks to their failure to progress from the group stages at the AFCON.

Youssef El Arabi

Morocco is in tenth place this month – Photo: moroccoworldnews.com

10) Morocco – 48

Morocco have remained in the tenth spot they occupied last month, and thanks to a faily positive run at the recently-concluded AFCON, they have managed a nine-place boost up to 48th overall.

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