October FIFA Rankings: Algeria rises, Nigeria drops

The FIFA rankings for African nations were finally updated today after we saw the return of African international football this month. 

Despite the matches only being friendlies, they had quite an effect on the rankings.

Defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria, who are on a 20-match unbeaten streak, were the biggest risers. Les Verts moved up five rankings to 30th in the world after defeating Nigeria and drawing with North American champions Mexico.

Nigeria on the other hand, suffered the biggest drop as they went down three positions on the table following their loss to Algeria and draw with Tunisia. 

Other notable countries that dropped rankings are Ghana, DR Congo, Senegal and Egypt.

Morocco, who dismantled Senegal 3-1 and drew DR Congo 1-1 rose four rankings to 39th. Guinea and Kenya jumped three places from 74th and 106th respectively.

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Senegal, despite dropping one ranking, maintained their spot as the highest ranked African nation.

Here are the highest ranked African teams:

  1. Senegal (21)
  2. Tunisia (26)
  3. Algeria (30)
  4. Nigeria (32)
  5. Morocco (39)
  6. Egypt (52)
  7. Cameroon (53)
  8. Mali (56)
  9. Burkina Faso (58)
  10. DR Congo (59)
  11. Ivory Coast (61)
  12. Guinea (71)
  13. South Africa (72)
  14. Uganda (76)
  15. Cape Verde (78)


For the full rankings visit FIFA.com