Senegal’s victory in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations last weekend cemented their place atop the world football rankings. In fact, the Lions of Teranga got to 18th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking this February, their highest ever place. Unsurprisingly, the Cup of Nations provided the largest change in the Ranking this year.

Nigeria rose four places in the current rankings. The Super Eagles were formerly rated 36th but are currently 32nd in the world and 3rd in Africa.

Outside the Mother Continent, there was activity, most notably in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM qualification, with outcomes influencing the Top 5. Following strong performances in the South American qualifications, Argentina (4th, +1) took fourth spot from England (5th, -1). Belgium (1, unchanged) leads Brazil (2, unchanged) and France (3, unchanged).

Aside from Senegal, the best placed African nation, Cameroon (38, + 12) and Egypt (34, + 11) have made the most significant movements inside the TOP 50. Canadians (+7) and Costa Rica (+7) both had good results during Qatar 2022 qualifying in the CONCACAF zone.

Gambia (+25) made the highest leap this month, thanks to their quarter-final appearance in the African Cup. Equatorial Guinea, who made the tournament’s last eight, jump 15 places to the Top 100. Malawi (+10) and Gabon (+7) also saw big gains. Mali (48, + 5) made modest improvements but nonetheless entered the Top 50.

With eight nations in the Top 50 (up one this edition), CAF maintains third place in the confederation rankings, behind the AFC (4 teams in the Top 50, a fall of 1). The other confederations have the same number of representatives: UEFA has 26, CONMEBOL has 8, CONCACAF has four, and OFC has none.