Uganda Falls Lower In FIFA Rankings

Thirteen-time CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup champions Uganda Cranes dropped to a historic low of No. 86 in the FIFA rankings on Thursday only one day before starting their defence of showpiece tournament.

Cranes3Uganda slipped by four places in the rankings in September and October as it continues to play only friendlies, it has dropped by a single position in the world and two spots in Africa in November.

Uganda dropped from 85th to 86th place in the world and from 20th to 22nd in Africa rated on 417 points, was recently was held to a goalless draw in the latest international friendly played at Namboole National Stadium.

Spain leads an unchanged top four from Germany, Argentina and Colombia.

Uruguay is sixth, and No. 7 Italy swaps with No. 8 Switzerland which was seventh for one month to clinch seeded status.

Netherland is ninth and host Brazil rises one to No. 10.

Seeded Belgium falls six places to No. 11, and is now the lowest-ranked of the eight seeds.

The United States drops one to No. 14, and CONCACAF rival Mexico used its home-and-away playoff wins against New Zealand to rise four places to No. 20.

Ivory Coast is the highest ranked African nation, remaining at No. 17.

Iran is best of the Asian confederations teams, rising four to No. 45. Long-time leader Japan fell four to No. 48.

Australia, No. 59, will be the lowest ranked of the 32 World Cup draw teams next week.

Spain maintained its clear points lead despite scoring zero for its 1-0 defeat by South Africa last week in a friendly.

FIFA counted the result in the calculations despite Spain using seven substitutes, one more than the maximum allowed for an officially recognized match. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina replaced Victor Valdez who was injured in the second half.

“FIFA have taken into account that both teams had agreed on the conditions of the match and submitted the necessary documentation prior to the match in order for FIFA to confirm it as an ‘A’ international,” the governing body said.

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