Uganda-Cranes

The FIFA monthly rankings of December 2018 have been released today by the world football governing body.

Uganda Cranes will end the year placed at 75, maintaining their position from last month and 16 on the continent.

Neighbours Kenya also remained at 105, while Uganda’s next 2019 Afcon qualifiers opponent Tanzania also remained at 138, Burundi came at 139 and Rwanda at 137.

The top five countries in Africa are; Senegal (23), Tunisia (26), Morocco (40), Nigeria (44) and Congo DR (49).

Belgium will begin 2019 at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, having preserved their single-point lead over France at the table’s summit and emerged as the Ranking’s ‘Team of the Year’.

Brazil (3rd, unchanged), Croatia in fourth and England complete the best five countries in the world.

The month’s biggest movers are Guyana (177th, up 3) whose CONCACAF Nations League qualifier draw against Barbados in September was recently reclassified as a forfeit win due to the Barbadians fielding two ineligible players.

Barbados was the worst mover, dropping by 3 places to position 162.

Europe accounts for 31 of the top 50 teams – two up from December 2017. Asia has also boosted its top-50 numbers from two to three, with these rises coming at the expense of Africa, which saw its representation drop from eight to five.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 7th February 2019.