For the mediocre performance at the 4th African Nations Championship (CHAN), Uganda Cranes have dropped eight places from 62nd to 70th as per the official latest FIFA Rankings released on Thursday in Zurich at the home of football in the world.

Uganda now has 503 points and ranked 70th out of 208 FIFA member nations, falling from their best ever ranking of 62nd  attained in January 2016.

Uganda failed to progress from the CHAN 2016 group stages having registered two draws (against Mali and Zimbabwe) and one loss against Zambia.

Top 10:

Belgium still maintains the number one status quo in the whole world with 1494 points.

Argentina, Spain, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Columbia, England and Austria complete the top ten footballing countries.

There is no change in the top 18 countries in the world but a significant fall for Africa’s best country, Cote D’Ivoire who slip 9 places to 28th.

CHAN 2016 finalists, Democratic Republic of Congo have climbed three places to 57th with 570 points.

Algeria and Ghana also drop to 36th and 41st respectively. Despite progressing to CHAN 2016 quarter finals, Zambia drop by nine places to 76th.

CECAFA Region:

In the CECAFA region, Uganda still maintains the flag banner aloft.

There is a gradual improvement for the CHAN 2016 host nation, Rwanda.

They climb by six places to joint 85th with Uganda’s next AFCON Group D qualifiers, Burkina Faso.

Kenya rises by two places to 99th, Burundi drops nine places to 119th, Ethiopia slips six places to 124th, Tanzania climbs by a slot to 125th, Sudan and South Sudan slip by six and one place to 136th and 140th respectively.

Horn of Africa nations, Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia remain among the worst footballing nations in the entire world with no single point earned, just like Tonga, Bahamas and Anguilla.

Best and Worst Movers:

Palestine has moved a massive 21 places to the current ranking of 110th.

Saudi Arabia is the second best mover, having ascended 20 places to 55th.

Hungary have reached their best ever position (19th) since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was introduced in 1993.

Libya dropped down 24 places to 105th, their worst placing on the FIFA rankings.

Uganda’s Group D opponents at CHAN 2016, Zimbabwe slipped 23 places to 131st.

The next release of the FIFA Rankings will be on 3rd March 2016.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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