Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic said the latest FIFA ranking that tied Uganda down on 86th place in the world is nothing to worry about. The record CECAFA holder has 395 points, a position above Gabon (386 points) and still remains the best rated nation in the entire East African region.
However, Micho who returned to Uganda in 2013 to take charge of the national team after an earlier stint with league side SC Villa said he has no issues with the Cranes’ May position on the rankings.
“I don’t know how the rankings work so I am not worried about it. What I am worried about is seeing my team play well, Micho tells Red Pepper on Thursday.
“Right now our focus is preparing the team for the forthcoming Nations Cup qualifier away to Madagascar on May 18,” he adds.
Ivory Coast is the top ranked country on the African Continent, maintaining their 21st position with 830 points.
Uganda’s opponents in the second round of the AFCON 2015 Qualifiers, Madagascar is ranked 189th.
Uganda’s other likely opponent in the next round of qualifiers, Mauritania from north-west Africa is ranked 139th, up by 13 places -thanks to two wins in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Equatorial Guinea who play Mauritania are ranked 113th with 261 points.
Ghana is 38th with 713 points, Guinea ranks at 51st position (580 points) while Togo is 3 places below Uganda in 89th with 374 points.
Spain, German and Portugal are 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Spain has now held the top spot since September 2011.
There was little activity before the final round of friendlies ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and the May edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking reflects the results of just 13 new matches.