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FIFA Rankings: Uganda Cranes Static Despite Impressive AFCON Journey

Uganda's forward Emmanuel Okwi (C) vies for the ball with Egypt's defender Ahmed Hegazi (R) during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group A football match between Uganda and Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian capital on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Uganda’s senior men national team, the Uganda Cranes, have not moved an inch if we are to go with the released Coca cola FIFA World Rankings.

The ranks, used to gauge the current ability and progress of national teams, have seen Uganda Cranes remain in 80th position!

These, were released on Thursday. The next world Rankings will be published on 19 September 2019.

Uganda Cranes players celebrates a goal at the Cairo International Stadium on June 26 , 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

After an impressive 2019 AFCON that saw Uganda reach the knockout phase for the first time since 1978, it was highly expected that Uganda will move at least a step in the ranks.

It should be noted that Uganda, despite losing to hosts Egypt, managed to stun DR Congo, hold Zimbabwe before falling out to eventual finalists Senegal.

However, the run, has proved not enough to lift Uganda Cranes in the ranks.

It should be noted that Uganda’s bes rank was 62nd in January 2016 while its worst is 121st which came in July 2002.

Uganda’s forward Patrick Kaddu (bottom) fights for the ball with Zimbabwe’s defender Teenage Hadebe during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Uganda and Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium on June 26 , 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Elsewhere:


Neighbours Kenya dropped two places to 107, Rwanda rose to 133 while Tanzania dropped by 6 places to 137.

Burundi recorded the highest fall in the world – dropping 14 places.

Uganda’s group opponents at the 2021 AFCON qualifiers Burkina Faso and Malawi are 61st and 126 respectively – Burkina dropped two places while Malawi were static.

Senegal have protruded into the top 20 in the world while newly crowned African champions Algeria recorded the highest move going up 28 places to number 40 in the World and 4th on the continent.

Uganda’s forward Emmanuel Okwi (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Uganda and Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium on June 26 , 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Ranks – Africa

  1. Senegal
  2. Tunisia
  3. Nigeria
  4. Algeria
  5. Morocco
  6. Egypt
  7. Ghana
  8. Cameroon
  9. DR Congo
  10. Ivory Coast

Ranks – World

  1. Belgium
  2. Brazil
  3. France
  4. England
  5. Uruguay
  6. Portugal
  7. Croatia
  8. Colombia
  9. Spain
  10. Argentina

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