FIFA Rankings: Uganda Drops, Tanzania Rises

Not all good for Ugandan football in the concluded months, and the new FIFA Rankings have affirmed.

The FIFA rankings is a ranking system for Men’s national teams that are affiliated to World football governing body, FIFA. The points system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of all FIFA recognized international matches.

Uganda descended two places, from 77 to 79, as the rankings released on Thursday, April 4. Its should be noted that Uganda had also dropped two places the last time this rankings were released on February 7.

This follows Uganda’s humiliating 3-0 loss to neighbours Tanzania in the penultimate game of 2019 AFCON qualifiers where Uganda had already booked a ticket.

Action between Cranes (Red) and Taifa Stars (blue). Goal photo

Uganda, 16th in Africa, has however collected 1302 points against 1320 they had recently in the last rank.

The next FIFA rankings will be released on June 14.

Tanzania has moved up six places to 131st position after qualifying to AFCON for the first time in 39 years.

Kenya is 108th, Burundi is 136 while Rwanda are ranked 138th.

In Summary – FIFA Report

While there were 150 games played across the globe during the international period, things remain tight at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as the top three remained unchanged.

This sees Belgium (1st, unchanged) maintain a slender lead – growing it marginally to three points – over 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ winners France (2nd, unchanged). Brazil (3rd, unchanged), however, are looking over their shoulders somewhat as England (4th, up 1) leapfrogged World Cup finalists Croatia (5th, down 1).

Uruguay (6th, up 1) are the only other movers within the top ten, whereas a dramatic win for Germany (13th, up 3) saw them overtake defeated opponents the Netherlands (16th, down 2), as well as Sweden (14th, unchanged) and Chile (15th, down 2).

Israel (84th, up 8) enjoyed the biggest jump of all, followed closely by Guatemala (143rd, up 6) and Tanzania (131st, up 6) after the latter booked their CAF Africa Cup of Nations place. Two other sides preparing to appear at Africa’s showpiece in June, Congo DR (46th, up 5) and Ghana (49th, up 3), were the only two sides to breach the top 50, while Kosovo (127th, plus 3) continued their steady climb up the World Ranking.



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