SCALING HEIGHTS: Uganda Cranes team

Football governing body FIFA have announced the October rankings with Uganda climbing up one spot to 70th place.

Following the Cranes’ goalless draw with Ghana in the World Cup qualifier, they now have a total of 503 points up from 486 last month, putting the national team in 14th place on the African continent.

Uganda remains the best in East Africa with Kenya dropping 14 places to 102nd, Tanzania dropped 11 slots now at 136th, Rwanda at 118th, Burundi (129th), while Sudan stands at 141st.

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Tunisia replaced Egypt as Africa’s highest ranked nation after climbing to 28th position. The Pharaohs drop to 30th, Senegal closely follows at 32nd, Congo DR at 35th, while Nigeria stands at 41st, completing the Africa’s top five countries.

Congo Brazzaville, Uganda’s next opponents in the World Cup qualifiers, settle at 94th.

The top five countries in the world maintain their spots: Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium respectively.

2010 World Cup champions Spain re-entered the top 10, and now sit in eighth place, while Copa America holders Chile stayed in ninth place despite missing out on World Cup qualification.

Ecuador was the worst mover, falling 25 slots to 60th while Turkmenistan from Asia was the best mover, climbing 22 places to 114th.

FIFA rankings are based on the average number of points that a team accumulates over a four-year period. The ranking points in each match are determined by its result, its value and the relative strength of the opponent and their confederation. The system also has a yearly basis depreciation for the value of the matches.

The next Coca-cola FIFA rankings will be released on November 23, 2017.