The Top 10 Ranked African National Teams For March

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: March 9, 2017, 4:10 pm
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 March.

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 March, 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 March, according to the FIFA ranking.

Sources: FIFA.

Top 10 Ranked African National Teams

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

1) Egypt – 20

Thanks to their incredible run to the final of the 2017 AFCON, the Pharaohs of Egypt earned top spot in the FIFA rankings from an African perspective last month, and March has been kind to the Egyptians, allowing them to move three places up to 20th overall.

2017 Africa Cup of Nations

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

2) Senegal – 28

Following in the footsteps of the best-ranked Egyptians, Senegal have moved up three places to retain their second-place on the continent, while placing 28th globally. The Teranga Lions can be proud of that position.

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 – 32

AFCON champions Cameroon enjoyed a massive 29-place improvement in the rankings last month, thanks to their surprise victory in Gabon, and March has seen them increase one more place to 32 in the world, retaining their podium place as Africa’s third best-ranked side.

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 – 36

Burkina Faso surpassed Tunisia this month in the rankings, with Tunisia, previously fourth, falling to fifth, while Burkina Faso replaced the Carthage Eagles as the fourth best on the continent and 36th overall.

Youssef Msakni for Tunisia. Photo: Tunisie Foot

Youssef Msakni for Tunisia. Photo: Tunisie Foot

5) Tunisia – 37

The Carthage Eagles fell one spot in both the continental and the overall rankings, placing as the fifth best in Africa while occupying 37th place overall.

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

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

6) DR Congo – 38

Position 38 is taken by DR Congo in March, with the sixth best Africans falling a single place this month. After a decent run at the AFCON, the Congolese will be aiming for the podium places in upcoming months, but those ahead of them need to be willing to budge.

African World Cup qualifying

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have maintained their place in 41st position – owngoalnigeria.com

7) Nigeria – 41

The Super Eagles of Nigeria managed to maintain the gains they made last month, despite not taking part in the 2017 AFCON in Gabon. The Nigerians are 41st in the world again this month, while earning the label of seventh best in Africa for March.

André Ayew penalty

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

8) Ghana – 43

The year 2017 has seen a turn in fortunes for the Black Stars. After months of decline, the Black Stars of Ghana have finally managed to make it a second month of gains on the FIFA Rankings in March, moving two places up to 43rd overall after a nine-place improvement last month.

defending champions

Serge Aurier and Cote D’Ivoire exited the AFCON early – express.co.uk

9) Cote D’Ivoire – 47

After a 13-place demotion in February thanks to their failure to progress from the group stages at the AFCON, Cote D’Ivoire maintained their 47th place from last month, as well as the ninth place on the continent, but they will be keen to begin their climb up the rankings in future months.

Youssef El Arabi

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

10) Morocco – 49

Rounding out the top 10 from an African perspective and sneaking in to the top 50 overall by a slight margin, the Atlas Lions of Morocco have remained in the tenth spot they occupied since the beginning of the year. They are 49th overall.

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