Uganda Cranes has climbed in the November 2018 Fifa rankings released today by four slots.
The Cranes are now in 75th position with a total of 1320 points, and are placed at 16th in Africa.
The rise comes after Uganda Cranes beat Cape Verde 1-0 at Mandela National stadium on November 17th to seal a place at the Afcon tournament in Cameroon 2019. Patrick Henry Kaddu scored the only goal in the 76th minute.
Neighbours Kenya remained stagnant at 105, while Uganda’s next Afcon qualifiers opponent Tanzania moved to 138, Burundi (139) and Rwanda at 137.
The top five countries in Africa are; Senegal (23), Tunisia (25), Morocco (40), Nigeria (44) and Congo DR (49).
Belgium remain top of the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking, although the gap between the Red Devils, France (2nd, unchanged) and Brazil (3rd, unchanged) has narrowed over the past month. Croatia in fourth and England complete the best five countries.
Sudan was the best mover, moving up by 8 ranks to 127, while Russia fell hardest, dropping by 7 places to 48.
The format used by FIFA is named “SUM” as it relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the World Ranking.
The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking.
The final FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for this year will be released on 20th December 2018.