Uganda Cranes climb in FIFA Rankings after win over Niger

Uganda Cranes starting lineup that beat Niger in the 2023 Africa Cup of nations qualifier.

FOOTBALL Uganda Cranes climb in FIFA Rankings after win over Niger

Fred Mwambu 09:33 - 21.09.2023

A total of 159 matches were played in the recent FIFA international break that was used to rank the 207 national teams.

All is not gloomy for the Uganda Cranes in the month of September after registering positive progress in the latest FIFA Rankings.

The Uganda Cranes received the stick after failing to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations from a group that had Algeria, Tanzania and Niger.

Uganda Cranes finished their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Niger on September 7 in Morocco but that was not enough as Tanzania drew with Algeria to grab the second slot in Group F.

According to the rankings that were released on Thursday morning by FIFA, Uganda rose three places from 92 to 89th in the world and 18th in Africa.

Algeria remained fourth on the continent and 34th globally, while Tanzania rose from 124 to 122nd.


Morocco maintained their lead in Africa and 13th worldwide, 2followed closely by Senegal (20) and Tunisia (29) as Egypt closed the top five.

Uganda Cranes remained the leader in the CECAFA region, followed by Kenya in 109, AFCON-bound Tanzania, Rwanda (139) and Ethiopia in 142.

South Sudan, at 167, is the fourth worst team on the African continent.


Overall, Argentina tightened their grip on the summit as France, Brazil, England, and Belgium remained unmoved.

The only change inside the top ten was Italy exchanging the 8th place with Portugal to drop to 9th.