Egypt jump two places in FIFA’s March ranking, Senegal suffer drop

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 31 Mar 2022

Despite losing a place in the 2022 World Cup, Egypt climbed two places in FIFA’s March world rankings that were released on Thursday; Senegal dropped two places but stayed on top of the African countries list.

Egypt s Omar Marmoush (L) heads the ball as he vies with Senegal s Kalidou Koulibaly during the World Cup 2022 qualifying football match between Senegal and Egypt at the Me Abdoulaye Wade Stadium in Diamniadio on March 29, 2022. AFP

The Pharaohs jumped two places from 34th to 32nd place in this month’s FIFA global rankings, despite failing to reach the World Cup finals after losing to Senegal on penalties.

They kept their fourth place among African countries, behind African champions Senegal at 20th place overall, Morocco at 24th and Nigeria at 30th, while Tunisia and Algeria placed 35th and 44th respectively.

Egypt were haunted by a shootout against Senegal, losing 3-1 on penalties following a 1-1 aggregate draw on Tuesday to miss out on a World Cup spot to the reigning African champions.

Senegal, who booked their place in the 2022 World Cup that will take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022, dropped two places in the FIFA’s monthly ranking.

Egypt – who previously made it into the world’s top ten teams after they won three consecutive African Cup of Nations trophies in 2006, 2008, and 2010 – placed second among Arab countries, after Morocco.

Brazil changed places with Belgium to sit at the top of the world ranking, ahead of France, Argentina and England respectively.

FIFA’s March World Rankings (February world rankings in parenthesis):

1. Brazil (2)
2. Belgium (1)
3. France (3)
4. Argentina (4)
5. England (5)
6. Italy (6)
7. Spain (7)
8. Portugal (8)
9. Mexico (12)
10. Netherlands (10)

Top ten African teams:

20. Senegal (18)
24. Morocco (24)
30. Nigeria (32)
32. Egypt (34)
35. Tunisia (36)
37. Cameroon (38)
44. Algeria (43)
52. Mali (48)
53. Cote d’Ivoire (51)
56. Burkina Faso (56)
60. Ghana (61)

Top five Arab teams:

24. Morocco (24)
32. Egypt (34)
35. Tunisia (36)
44. Algeria (43)
49. Saudi Arabia (53)

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