Egypt drop one, Tunisia climb up two spots in FIFA's September ranking

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 21 Sep 2023

Egypt slipped one place in the FIFA global monthly rankings, dropping from 34th to 35th place, following a 3-1 loss earlier in September to Tunisia, who climbed up two spots.

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah in action against Tunisia on Tuesday. Photo: Ahram


The FIFA world rankings, which were released on Thursday, showed no significant changes in positions across the list.

The Pharaohs remained fifth among African countries, trailing behind Morocco (13th), Senegal (20th), Tunisia (29th), and Algeria (34th).

Among Arab nations, Egypt secured the fourth position, with Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria ahead in the rankings.

Earlier this month, Egypt played two games, winning 1-0 against Ethiopia in the final round of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, before losing to Tunisia in an international friendly match.

Egypt had previously achieved a spot in the top 10 teams globally after winning three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Argentina held on to the top spot in the world rankings, followed by France, Brazil, England, and Belgium, respectively.

In their pursuit of a fourth appearance in the World Cup, Egypt has been drawn into Group A of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. They will face Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.

Under the guidance of coach Rui Vitoria, Egypt has secured its place in the 2023 AFCON, scheduled to take place in Cote d'Ivoire in January 2024.

The team will commence their journey in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in November, starting with a match against Djibouti in the first round of Group A games.

Meanwhile, Morocco climbed one spot to 13th position, maintaining their status as the top-ranked African team.

FIFA's September World Rankings (July world rankings in parentheses):
1- Argentina (1)
2- France (2)
3- Brazil (3)
4- England (4)
5- Belgium (5)
6- Croatia (6)
7- Netherlands (7)
8- Portugal (9)
9- Italy (8)
10- Spain (10)

Top 10 African teams:
13- Morocco (14)
20- Senegal (18)
29- Tunisia (31)
34- Algeria (33)
35- Egypt (34)
40- Nigeria (39)
41- Cameroon (42)
49- Mali (51)
50- Côte d'Ivoire (52)
58- Burkina Faso (56)

Top five Arab teams:
13- Morocco (14)
29- Tunisia (31)
34- Algeria (33)
35- Egypt (34)
57- Saudi Arabia (54)

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