Four African teams made a return to the FIFA Women’s World Ranking as the first edition of 2018 was released on Friday.
Four others however, have been knocked out of the ranking “due to prolonged inactivity”.
Côte d’Ivoire (65th), Morocco (73rd), Senegal (79th) and Burkina Faso (97th) joined the South American duo of Paraguay (50th) and Uruguay (68th) as the six teams that have re-entered the ranking.
Meanwhile Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda are accompanied by El Salvador, Nicaragua, FYR Macedonia, as the seven teams that have been plagued by inactivity for more than 18 months. If the third edition of the CECAFA Women’s Championship had held last November in Rwanda as planned, the East African teams would have survived.
The tournament which is organized by Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) was postponed to this year but there has been no news regarding when it will be staged.
Uganda hosted the 2016 edition at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru and Tanzania claimed the title at the expense of Kenya while Ethiopia pipped Uganda to the third place.
Nigeria who finished third at last month’s WAFU Women’s Cup are still the highest-ranked team in Africa but dropped from 37th to 38th in the world while their points reduced from 1613 to 1608.
They are followed by Ghana, who clinched the title in the same tournament which was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The Black Queens gained four points in addition to their previous 1499 but remained in the 46th position.
Cameroon are still third in Africa while also maintaining the 48th place in the world ranking.
COSAFA Women’s Championship holders, South Africa climbed to fourth on the continent from fifth after an impressive showing at the Cyprus Cup – where they recorded just one loss in four matches to finish 6th – added 15 points to their previous 1435.
Equatorial Guinea are now fifth while Cote d’Ivoire’s reward for finishing second in the first edition of the WAFU Women’s Cup which they hosted is sixth place.
SheBelieves Cup champions, USA top the latest Women’s World Ranking and first of 2018.
Germany’s disappointing showing at the same competition means they are not in the top two for the first time since June 2009.
The next FIFA Women’s World Ranking will be published on 22 June 2018.
Africa’s Top 10
South Africa 53rd
Equatorial Guinea 55th
Cote d’Ivoire 65th
World’s Top 10