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Egypt advances two places in FIFA monthly rankings

Burkina Faso’s win has allowed Egypt to advance two places in FIFA's March rankings, no changes to the world's top 10 teams

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 3 Mar 2016
(Photo: Al-Ahram. sport )

Egypt has climbed two positions in the FIFA global rankings that were published on 3 March, to be the world's 53rd ranked national team, after placing 55th last month.

The Pharaohs defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in a friendly game in February as part of their preparations for the crucial game against Nigeria in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Nigeria will host Egypt on 25 March in the first leg of the 2017 Cup of Nations qualifiers, while the return match will be played in Alexandria on 29 March.

Egypt prepared for the clash with Nigeria with three prior matches – losing 1-0 with Jordan and winning two games - 3-0 against Zambia, 2-0 against Burkina Faso.

The seven-time African champions, who missed the last three editions of the Nations Cup, are at the top of their group with six points, two ahead of the second placed Nigeria.

Egypt made it into the world's top 10 when they won three successive African Cup of Nations trophies in 2006, 2008 and 2010. They last reached the World Cup in 1990.

The Pharaohs are seventh continentally and third among Arab countries after Algeria (37) and Tunisia (47).

Algeria, who lost one position in the global rankings in March, sit in 37th, and are ranked third out of African nations, while Cape Verde Islands (31) dominate the top post.

Meanwhile, the March global rankings saw no changes with Belgium keeping their lead in the rankings, while Argentina sit in second and Spain third.

FIFA world ranking (February position in parentheses):

1. Belgium (1)

2. Argentina (2)

3. Spain (3)

4. Germany (4)

5. Chile (5)

6. Brazil (6)

7. Portugal (7)

8. Colombia (8)

9. England (9)

10. Austria (10)

Top 10 African teams:

31. Cape Verde (33)

36. Ivory Coast (28)

37. Algeria (36)

41. Ghana (41)

47. Tunisia (48)

48. Senegal (45)

53. Egypt (55)

58. DR Congo (57)

59. Congo (54)

61. Cameroon (62)

Top five Arab teams:

37. Algeria (36)

47. Tunisia (48)

53. Egypt (55)

60. Saudi Arabia (55)

64. UAE (65)

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