Emmanuel Okwi and company last played a continental qualifier in November Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes players Nico Wakiro Wadada and Joseph Ochaya celebrate the first goal against Sao Tome and Principe in March 2018 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cranes has climbed four places as per the latest FIFA Rankings released on Thursday, 12th April 2018.

Uganda is now 74th, an improvement from last month’s position 78th with 426 points.

The March international break where Uganda Cranes beat Sao Tome and Prinicipe 3-1 as well as the goal-less draw with Malawi is attributes to the rise.

Left winger Joseph Ochaya, defender Murushid Jjuuko and debutant Abraham Ndugwa scored for Uganda Cranes against the West Africans, Sao Tome and Prinicipe.

Jose Varela secured a consolation for the visitors as fourth official William Oloya signaled the three minutes of added time.

[/media-credit] Denis Iguma in action against Malawi. The game ended goal-less after 90 minutes at Namboole Stadium Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

CECAFA Region’s cream:

Uganda remains the flagship banner for the CECAFA region.

Kenya drops by 8 places to 113th with 289 points as Rwanda slips down by a massive 11 places to 123rd.

Similarily, it is the same story with Sudan who drop 9 places to 126th (245 points).

Tanzania, who beat DR Congo in a friendly in March, climb 9 places to 137th with 223 points.

Horn of Africa nation Ethiopia slips down by 8 places to 145th (188 points), a joint position and same number of points for Burundi who drops by three places.

South Sudan drops from 155th to 156th with 136 points.

Djibouti drops 11 places to 198th (27 points).

It is the same old script for Eritrea and Somalia both drop one place to 207th with no point.

Other countries with no point earned include Tonga, Anguilla, and Bahamas.

Meanwhile, Africa’s best ranked country, Tunisia climbs by 9 places to 14th with 1012 points.

They are followed by Senegal (28th), DR Congo (38th), Morocco (42nd), Egypt (46th), Nigeria (47th) and Cameroon (51st).

Best and Worst Movers:

Kyrgyz Republic has climbed the most places in the world (40) to 75th with 424 points.

Haiti drops by 23 places to 108th with 302 points as the worst mover.

World’s Best

Germany maintains the top spot in the world with 1533 points, followed by Brazil in second (1384 points).

Belgium jumps by two places to third. Portugal and Argentia complete the top five footballing nations in the world.

The next rankings will be released next month on 10th May 2018.

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

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