The Gambia has risen six places in the latest FIFA Men’s rankings despite the narrow 0-1 defeat to Benin in last month’s AFCON qualifiers.
The Scorpions are still benefiting from the ranking points gained in the recent FIFA friendly win over the Central Africa Republic in March. Incidentally, Benin has dropped 12 places despite their win, which simply highlights the complicated nature of the FIFA rankings system. The system takes into account a variety of factors including competition level, strength of opposition and average results across the year.
Egypt maintains the title of the best in Africa, according to the rankings, with our near neighbours Senegal occupying second spot in the African table whilst DR Congo round out the top three.
Globally, all-conquering Germany has moved to the top of the rankings, leapfrogging South American powerhouses Brazil and Argentina who are second and third respectively.
There will be more expected movements following the upcoming 2018 CHAN qualifiers where all fixtures will count towards the FIFA rankings. The CHAN Scorpions are currently on their way to Bissau for the second of their doubleheader to be held on Saturday following the 0-0 draw at the Independence Stadium last Saturday. The matches are in preparation for qualifying series against West African neighbours Mali with the first leg taking place on the 15th July at home with the return leg away one week later