The Top 10 Ranked African National Teams For April

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: April 6, 2017, 7:02 am
team of the tournament - Egypt striker Mohamed Salah. Photo: beIN SportsEgypt striker Mohamed Salah. Photo: beIN Sports

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 April.

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 April, 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 April, according to the FIFA ranking.

Sources: FIFA.

Top 10 Ranked African National Teams

Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary celebrates. Photo: FIFA.com

1) Egypt – 19

Egypt continue to forge their way forward in the rankings, moving another place up in the overall list to 19th, while maintaining the African top spot for yet another month.

2017 Africa Cup of Nations

Sadio Mane is an important player for Senegal. Photo: Kickoff

2) Senegal – 30

Despite a two-place decline this month, the Senegalese remain Africa’s second best team according to FIFA, with a 30th place overall ensuring they stay ahead of Cameroon in third.

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

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

3) Cameroon – 33

Despite having won the AFCON in February, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are still third on the continent in the FIFA rankings, while a single place decline in April sees them occupy 33rd spot overall.

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

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

4) Burkina Faso – 35

Burkina Faso continue to impress with their efforts to reach the podium, and in April they remain the fourth best on the continent and 35th overall, thanks to an improvement of one place in the rankings.

Victor Moses - Nigeria squad

The Super Eagles are up to fifth this month – telegraph.co.uk

5) Nigeria – 40

A single-place improvement this month was enough to see the Super Eagles jump two spots forward in the standings from an African perspective, thanks to the decline of their rivals who previously occupied fifth and sixth place.

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

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

6) DR Congo – 41

A decline of three places is a disappointment for the Democratic Republic of Congo, but they can be pleased that despite falling to 41 overall, they remain Africa’s sixth best team for the month.

Youssef Msakni for Tunisia. Photo: Tunisie Foot

Youssef Msakni for Tunisia. Photo: Tunisie Foot

7) Tunisia – 42

The biggest fall in the top 10 for April, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia lost five places in their quest to move up the ranking, placing in 42nd for the month, and seventh out of the African nations.

André Ayew penalty

André Ayew is a leader in this Ghana squad – todayafrica.com

8) Ghana – 45

After two months of gains on the FIFA Rankings for the Black Stars, the West Africans moved two places down to 45 overall, but their position as Africa’s eighth best nation is safe for April.

defending champions

Cote D’Ivoire are the ninth best nation in Africa – express.co.uk

9) Cote D’Ivoire – 48

After a 13-place demotion in February thanks to their failure to progress from the group stages at the AFCON, Cote D’Ivoire fell a further place in April, putting them in 48th place overall and a disappointing ninth in Africa.

Youssef El Arabi

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

10) Morocco – 53

Tenth place seems to suit Morocco, who have assumed the role of number 10 for the last few months. They fell four places in April, and with Algeria only one position above, they are under pressure to relinquish their top 10 place.

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