African football has experienced a shift in perceptions during the last decade, with many pundits from around globe agreeing that the quality of the game on the continent has grown immensely.
An indication of which national teams are the best on the continent is available in the form of the FIFA Ranking, which is updated monthly and ranks members of world football’s governing body, including the associations linked to the Confederation of African Football.
The FIFA monthly ranking was released for the month of November, and here we take a closer look at how the African teams were ranked in relation to each other and the rest of the world.
Below are the top 10 ranked African national teams in world football in November, according to the FIFA ranking.
1) Senegal – 33 Despite a one place drop from their overall ranking in October to 33rd in November, the Teranga Lions have managed to snatch top spot thanks to the decline of Cote D’Ivoire to a single place behind them.
2) Cote D’Ivoire – 34 A three-spot decline saw the defending AFCON champions lose their top spot in the rankings to West African rivals Senegal this month, but the Elephants are breathing down the necks of the Senegalese in position 34, one spot below them.
3) Tunisia – 34 Another team in position 34, and only a single place from top spot, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia jumped four places up the rankings to feature within touching distance of Senegal in the lead. All of the teams are aware that a victory at the 2017 AFCON would allow them to secure top spot.
4) Egypt – 36 Egypt continue to impress under coach Hector Cuper, and their excellent run of results have been reflected in a staunch 10-place improvement in the overall rankings to 36th this month, as well as the fourth spot among African nations.
5) Algeria – 38 Only a few months ago Algeria was top of the African rankings and looking safe ahead of the pack, but since then they have not remained solid in terms of results, leading to a decline that now sees them in fifth place and 38th globally. The AFCON will be an important opportunity for redemption for the Fennec Foxes.
6) Congo DR – 47 The Democratic Republic of Congo continue their rise up the ranking, moving up one place in Africa to sixth while securing 47th overall with a two-position increase globally. They are forging ahead with confidence.
7) Burkina Faso – 50 A massive 17 position-boost saw West Africans Burkina Faso find their place among the top 10 African nations this month, falling in at seventh among their African peers while in 50th place overall on the list.
8) Nigeria – 50 Tied in 50th place overall along with Burkina Faso, the Super Eagles of Nigeria make a return to the 10 top in Africa this month, benefiting from an excellent start to World Cup qualifying and increasing 10 places overall during November.
9) Ghana – 53 Ghana’s decline has been steady over the past few months, but November’s ranking release is a serious wake-up call for the Black Stars, who declined a further eight overall places this month to finish within the top 10 from an African perspective, but outside of the top 50 overall.
10) Morocco – 57 The Atlas Lions of Morocco have re-entered the top 10 this month, as Congo, Mali and Cameroon drop out of the list from an African standpoint. At position 57 overall, the North Africans have enjoyed a three-place improvement this month, allowing them to climb up the list.