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Egypt climb nine places in FIFA April rankings

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The latest edition of FIFA rankings sees Egypt climb the standings, leapfrogging the likes of Cape Verde Islands and Tunisia.

Thursday morning saw the release of the FIFA rankings for the month of April 2016, with Egypt climbing nine places in the standings.

That means the Pharaohs are now in 44th place worldwide, as well as the 5th-highest ranked African team.

The latter is especially significant due to the fact that the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup CAF final qualifying groups will rely on the distribution of the 20 participating teams into five pots of five teams each.

Egypt are currently 5th in the CAF table, behind Algeria (33), Côte d’Ivoire (34), Ghana (38) and Senegal (43).

Tunisia and Cape Verde Islands were both ahead of Egypt in the previous rankings, but the latest 2017 AFCON qualifiers led the Pharaohs to leapfrog both teams.

The next edition of the rankings will be released on the 5th of May.

Features Editor - Wadi Degla fan (a.k.a. a masochist). Intrigued by stats, and partial to underdogs.



  1. Nader

    April 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Hi, is there anyone who is in contact with the Egyptian FA? Regarding the 2018 Qualifiers, It’s pretty simple: Don’t play any Friendlies before May 31st if Cape Verde/Tunisia don’t play Friendlies before May 31st. Should Cape Verde/Tunisia play & win a Friendly before May 31st you have to choose an Opponent that will not allow them to overtake Egypt. To sum it up: Egypt is in Control to determine their Pot Position for the 2018 Qualifiers.

    • NussMasri

      April 8, 2016 at 3:16 AM

      You just know tunisia will play a friendly. Why would they not try to get into the 1st pot. It’s absolutely critical in Africa.

      I agree with you, the FA should be warned about this and held accountable to maintain our seeding

      • Nader

        April 8, 2016 at 8:24 AM

        I know, but maybe they will play an opponent that will not let them overtake us in the first place. It depends on their Opponent’s strenght. Thus we have to pick a stronger opponent to keep our higher average.

        • NussMasri

          April 8, 2016 at 11:32 AM

          Yeah, it’s really a tricky situation. Do you go ahead and schedule some friendlies now, or wait for them to schedule first. There really isn’t much time to line up friendlies.

          I think us remaining in pot1 will be the difference between qualifying or not. The other teams in pot1 are very strong and it would be nice for once to have an easier draw.

          • Nader

            April 8, 2016 at 1:42 PM

            We should wait a little bit until we officially know who Tunisia/CV are planning to play. Of course we need start talks right now, with Teams like Congo DR (51), Guinea (58) or Congo (59) to be prepared. It’s also important to know the Date of the Friendly. Any Friendly after May 30th won’t enter the June Ranking anyway so we have to be flexible about that too.

  2. Mr. Basem

    April 7, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    who cares mr. nader. even if the next world cup will take part with 40 teams and our group will have teams like comores island, swaziland and burundi, Egypt will not qualify for a world cup…keep dreaming 🙂

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