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Egypt falls a spot in FIFA Ranking
Egypt’s international football free-fall is showing no signs of a turnaround in the immediate future, as the Pharaohs fell one spot to 58th in the March edition of the FIFA World Ranking.
Egypt has yet to play a match this year, giving it little opportunity to improve its position, currently 16th in Africa.
The most significant impact of Egypt’s current ranking may be its affect on 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, which is already underway in some parts of the world.
Seedings for qualifiers in the African region will likely hinge at least partly upon FIFA’s monthly ranking.
Egypt’s worst-ever position was 74th in early 2013.
The Pharaohs’ dip in form the past several years is blamed partially on political turmoil in the country that has resulted in dozens of football-related deaths and several domestic league stoppages.
Egypt also witnessed the retirement of several prominent international players in that time.
Its best-ever ranking was 9th in February of 2010, just weeks after capturing the Africa Cup of Nations title for an unprecedented third straight time.
Algeria remain tops in Africa with an overall ranking of 18th.
Spain, meanwhile, fell out of the top 10 for the first time since 2007, dropping to 11th overall.
This month’s best mover was Barbados, who jumped 11 spots to 131.
The biggest fall of the month belonged to Lebanon, who dropped 25 places to 146.