For their impressive performance at the just concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup, Canada 2015, Cameroon have made the biggest move up the latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking released on July 10, taking a giant leap up 10 places to 43rd from 53rd.
The Lionesses who were the only African nation to make it past the group stage at the global showpiece, beating two higher-ranked teams in Ecuador and Switzerland and only losing by one goal to Japan and China PR, have now joined Nigeria in the top 50, with the space between them cut down to 14 from 20.
In spite of not being able to mutter a single win at the World Cup, Nigeria’s Super Falcons are four places from where they used to be. Now 29th, the African Champions still remain the top-ranked team on the continent.
Meanwhile 43rd is now Cameroon’s highest FIFA women’s ranking. It used to be 47th dating back to December 2013.
Cote d’ Ivoire who were also at the World Cup did not make any move. They are still 67th on the ranking, which is sixth in Africa.
Three African teams are amongst the six nations (Indonesia, Congo, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Gabon and Kenya) that have re-entered the ranking after long periods of inactivity, which means that 141 teams are currently ranked – the highest total since December 2007.
Overall, the USA have reclaimed supremacy at the summit of the FIFA Women’s World Ranking following their record-breaking triumph at the World Cup, while semi-finalists Germany are back in second place.
Meanwhile Canada are the only team that dropped from the top ten, after just two wins in five games against lesser-ranked teams.
A total of 138 matches were played during the period under review.
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