Uganda Cranes improve in latest FIFA Rankings

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Uganda Cranes line against Egypt at Namboole on 31st August 2017

Uganda Cranes has improved by two places in the latest FIFA World football rankings released on Thursday in Zurich.

Uganda is now 71st with 486 points from 73rd (464 points) in the previous month rankings.

The rise is attributed to the slim 1-0 victory over Egypt in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier last month at Namboole in Kampala.

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi struck the lone goal on the day as Uganda Cranes pipped Egypt 1-0 in Kampala, the first victory for the CECAFA region giants since 1965.

However, Uganda fell by the same score line (Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah scored the goals) during the return leg played in Alexanderia a few days later.

Egypt falls by 5 places to 30th (815 points from 866) on the rankings. Despite the slip, Egypt remains the best ranked African continent, followed by Tunisia (31st) and Senegal (33rd).

The other group D opponents Ghana drop two places to 52nd whilst Congo drops 14 places to 95th.

Uganda’s group L opponents in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers Cape Verde are the biggest movers world wide, leaping a massive 47 places to 67th.

CECAFA countries:

By and large, Uganda remains aloft the rest of the CECAFA countries.

Kenya drops 6 places to 88th. Rwanda ascends by a slot to 118th, Tanzania drops 5 places to 125th while Sudan moves 18 places to 134th.

Others are Burundi (129th), Ethiopia (144th), South Sudan (150th), Djibouti (185th).

Meanwhile, Eritrea and Somalia are joint tailed on 206th with no point at all.

At the summit, Germany overtakes Brazil as the best footballing country world wide.

The next rankings will be released on 16th October 2017.

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