Ghana broke into the top 20 while Egypt maintains its top 10 position in the latest Fifa/Coca Cola World rankings released on Wednesday.
The Pharaohs remain ninth in the overall standings and top in Africa, while Ghana are up three places to 20th. Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon and Nigeria round out the rest of the CAF region’s top five.
However, it is further down the ladder that some major movements have been made following the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches that took place earlier this month.
South Africa, now ranked 58th overall (up eight places), are back into Africa’s top ten following their friendly win over Ghana and a 2-0 defeat of Niger in their first qualifier.
Burkina Faso (39th in the world/8th in Africa), Uganda (63rd/11th) and Botswana (82nd/19th) have all recorded their best ever rankings.
Cape Verde, who defeated Mali 1-0 in their Group A AFCON qualifier, have jumped a whopping 31 places to be ranked 77th overall and 15th on the continent. Mali have tumbled ten places to 65th overall and 12th in Africa.
Guinea and Senegal have also shifted up the ladder impressively after their qualifying wins over Ethiopia and DR Congo respectively, but the biggest movers in the World Rankings are Guinea-Bissau – they have climbed an amazing 48 places (though they are still ranked only 140th) after returning from three years of inactivity with a win against Kenya.
Burundi have also jumped up 20 ranking places after a 1-1 draw away to Benin in their first 2012 AFCON qualifier.
Aside from Mali’s ten place drop, other African teams who have taken a significant dip in the rankings are Benin (-8), Togo (-12), Morocco (-12), Libya (-13), Congo (-11), Chad (-10), Equatorial Guinea (-19) and Mauritius (-10).
Africa’s Top 20 Ranked Teams:
|3. Ivory Coast|
|8. Burkina Faso|
|10. South Africa|
|15. Cape Verde|