Rwanda up two places in Fifa world rankings

Despite not playing any competitive matches this month, Rwanda moved  two places up  to 129th in the latest world rankings released by the Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) on Thursday.
Amavubi Stars didn't play any competitive matches in the month of September but moved up two places. Times Sport/ File.
Amavubi Stars didn't play any competitive matches in the month of September but moved up two places. Times Sport/ File.

Despite not playing any competitive matches this month, Rwanda moved  two places up  to 129th in the latest world rankings released by the Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) on Thursday.

Amavubi’s last competitive match was against Benin away in Porto Novo where the country lost 2-0 to finish bottom of Group H with two points in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

While improving to 129th in the world, Rwanda also moved one place to 37th position in Africa.

Neighbours Uganda have dropped four places to 85th spot after their two losses to Pharaohs of Egypt in Fifa international matches played in Cairo last month. Nonetheless, Uganda remains the best placed East African country.

After losing 2-1 to Nigeria in the first leg of the World Cup play-offs last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia dropped two places to 95th position in the world and 25th in Africa.

Kenya remained in 118th position  in the world and 32nd in Africa. Burundi moved three places to 121 while Tanzania dropped two positions to 129th, seven places better than Sudan.

Ivory Coast remained the best placed African country, improving two places to 17th, while Ghana  are the second best placed and remain ranked on 23th. Algeria completes the top three African countries despite dropping four places to 32nd.

In the top ten, only Spain’s position at the summit remained unchanged, while Germany have pushed Argentina out of second place.

New entries into the top ten include; Switzerland (7th, up 7) and England (10th, up 7), both thanks to their recent strong performances in the final group games in the World Cup qualifying.

Italy, meanwhile, have paid heavily for their draw against Armenia, dropping four places to eighth.

 

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