Uganda Cranes line up vs South Sudan Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes players pray after a training session before departure for the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cranes have slipped by five places in the latest Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) world rankings for the month of February 2018.

The team is now ranked 78th out of the 211 FIFA member associations.

The Cranes have amassed 431 points, a fall from last month’s 436 points.

The fall is attributed to the poor display at the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) tournament in Morocco where Uganda lost twice 1-0 to Zambia and Namibia before drawing goal-less with Cote D’Ivoire in the final Group B match.


Uganda maintains the number one spot in the East and Central Africa region.

Kenya is closest to Uganda, in the 106th position after a one slot fall. Rwanda improved by two places to 114th with 283 points.

For finishing third at CHAN 2018, Sudan jumps up by 6 places to 118th (276 points). Ethiopia jumps up by two slots to 135th (221 points).

Burundi maintains the 143rd position (200 points) and so is Tanzania at 146th (182 points).

South Sudan is 153rd with 148 points just like last month’s ranking. Djibouti stays at 187th on 64 points as the Eritrea and Somalia are among the lowest ranked countries with no point earned.

The other countries with no point earned are Anguilla, Bahamas, Gibraltar and Tonga.

At 23rd, Tunisia remains the best ranked country on the African continent with 914 points.

Senegal (27th), DR Congo (39th), Morocco (42nd), Egypt (43rd) and Cameroon (51st) complete the best African countries.

Despite winning the 2018 Championship of African Nations, Morocco drops by three places (692 points).

Cream de-la-cream

Germany is the number one footballing country in the world.

The top 17 countries remain unchanged at large. Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile are top ten countries.

Highest and Lowest movers

Congo leaps a massive 8 places to 88th to take the best improved country.

Egypt drops the most places (13) to 43rd as the North Africans now have 683 points.

The next rankings will be release on Thursday, 15th March 2018.

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

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