Cranes now 70th in Fifa rankings


Uganda Cranes is now ranked 70th out of the 208 Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) member nations according to the latest rankings released on Thursday, 4th February 2016 at Zurich, the main head quarters of FIFA in Switzerland.

Uganda has accumulated 503 points with five matches played in the January month.

Two of the matches were hosted at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru (international build ups against Cameroon and Gabon) and three at the fourth African Nations Championships in Rwanda.

In Rwanda, Uganda drew 2 all against Mali, lost 1-0 to Zambia and shared the spoils in the final game against Zimbabwe after a hard fought one all draw.

CECAFA Region:

Uganda is still top in the CECAFA region. They are followed by Rwanda (85th), Kenya (99th), Burundi (119th), Ethiopia (124th), Tanzania (125th), Sudan (136th) and South Sudan (140th).

Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia are joint 204th on the log.

According to, the three most impressive teams for February’s ranking all come from Asia:

Palestine (110, plus 21), Saudi Arabia (55, plus 20) and Korea DPR (95, plus 18) enjoyed the biggest advances since the last world ranking.

Teams from Asia, Africa and Central American dominated the list of teams that improved by more than five positions for February, namely: Cape Verde Islands (33, plus 6), Costa Rica (31, plus 6) , Qatar (78, plus 6), Honduras (91, plus 7), Mozambique (102, plus 7), Belize (120, plus 8), Swaziland (127, plus 6), Kuwait (133, plus 8), and Nepal (188, plus 8).

A special mention goes to Rwanda (85, plus 6) in the latest ranking.

The Wasps won three for their six matches played since early January, while also closing out 2015 with a shock-upset over African heavyweights Côte d’Ivoire in an international friendly played on 16 December 2015.

The next ranking will be released on the 3rd March 2016.

Leader       Belgium (unchanged)

Moves into top ten       none

Moves out of top ten    none

Matches played in total 44 (1 of which in 2015)

Most matches played   Rwanda (6 matches)

Biggest move by points Saudi Arabia (up 97 points)

Biggest move by ranks Palestine (up 21 ranks)

Biggest drop by points  Côte d’Ivoire (down 122 points)

Biggest drop by ranks  Libya (down 24 ranks)

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