The FIFA rankings for African teams in 2023 have recently been released, showcasing some interesting movements among the continent’s highest-ranked teams.
Morocco continues to hold the top spot among African nations, climbing up two places to position 13 globally. Meanwhile, Senegal, the reigning African champions, dropped two places from their previous ranking of 18, but still maintain a strong position within the top 20 at number 20.
Tunisia has made significant progress in the rankings, now sitting among the top 30 teams in the world at position 29. Additionally, both Mali and Cote d’Ivoire have made positive strides, moving up two places to break into the top 50 ranked sides, replacing Greece and Paraguay. This means that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) now boasts nine teams in the top 50, an increase of two teams compared to the previous rankings.
One of the most notable improvements in the rankings comes from Guinea-Bissau, who have climbed an impressive six places to secure position 106. This upward movement demonstrates the team’s determination and commitment to improve their performance on the global stage.
It is essential to mention that Argentina still holds the top position as the highest-ranked team globally, followed by France and Brazil. These powerhouse nations continue to dominate the football scene with their exceptional talent and consistent record of success.
Let us now take a closer look at the top 15 African highest-ranked teams of 2023, according to FIFA:
1. Morocco (132): Morocco tops the rankings among African teams, showcasing their consistent performance and progress on the international stage.
2. Senegal (203): Despite dropping two places, Senegal remains one of the strongest teams in Africa and has consistently achieved remarkable results in recent years.
3. Tunisia (294): Tunisia’s ascent to position 29 globally is a testament to their dedication and footballing prowess. They are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with.
4. Algeria (345): Algeria’s strong presence in the football world is well-reflected in their ranking, further highlighting their status as a footballing powerhouse on the continent.
5. Egypt (356): Egypt’s rich footballing history and strong domestic league contribute to their solid ranking, reflecting their sustained success over the years.
6. Nigeria (407): Nigeria’s Super Eagles have always been a prominent force in African football. Their consistent presence in the top 10 of the continent’s rankings is a testament to their footballing talent.
7. Cameroon (418): Cameroon has a long-standing tradition of producing talented footballers, and their current ranking reflects their ability to compete at a high level.
8. Mali (499): Mali’s rise of two places is a reflection of their commitment to improving their performances. They have rapidly emerged as a competitive team in African football.
9. Ivory Coast (501): Ivory Coast’s presence in the top 10 showcases their footballing ability and the talent they consistently produce.
10. Burkina Faso (581): Burkina Faso’s position in the top 10 highlights their growth in recent years and their potential to become a formidable team.
11. Ghana (601): Ghana, known for their passionate football culture, has long been a force to reckon with in African football. Their ranking reflects their consistent competitiveness.
12. DR Congo (641): The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ranking demonstrates their ability to compete with the best. Their footballing talent continues to shine on the international stage.
13. South Africa (651): South Africa’s solid ranking showcases their footballing prowess and their ability to compete successfully at a high level.
14. Cape Verde (71): Cape Verde’s presence in the top 15 emphasises their growth and development as a footballing nation in recent years.
15. Guinea (81): Guinea’s position in the top 15 is a testament to their footballing talent and their ability to compete successfully against stronger opponents.
The FIFA rankings provide an insightful snapshot of the current state of African football. As the rankings continue to evolve, it will be fascinating to see how these teams progress and if any new contenders emerge to challenge the traditional powerhouses. African football is undoubtedly on the rise, and these rankings serve as a reminder of the continent’s footballing talent and the promising future that lies ahead for African teams.