Rwanda lowly ranked 133 in FIFA rankings

Amavubi team ended the year on a worst note after dropping six places from 127th to 133th in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.

Having lost in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarterfinals to hosts Kenya, the Amavubi stars scooped 197 points. In Africa, the Amavubi are currently ranked 40th two places below their original position, 38th in the CAF African rankings.

Amavubi’s assistant coach Jean Baptiste Kayiranga admits that the drop in the ranking is because of the failure to reach the finals of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup played recently.

However, he believes the national team will improve if they win more games though that is work in progress.

Under the watchful eye of head coach Eric Nshimiyimana, Amavubi won one game against Eritrea (1-0) but lost three games against Sudan 0-1, Uganda 0-1 in the group stages before losing to hosts and eventual winners Kenya 0-1 in quarters.

Despite not winning the Cecafa trophy this year and getting ousted at the quarterfinals stage, Uganda remain impassive in the 86th and 22nd position in the world and Africa respectively while Ethiopia remained in the 93rd position worldwide and 24th in Africa.

Kenya remains the biggest climbers in the region with eight spots having lifted the Cecafa trophy, overcoming an 11-year trophy drought.

Kenya are currently ranked in 109th position in the world and are 32nd on the African continent. Sudan climbed 11 places to 119th in the world and 35th in Africa.

Tanzania are ranked 120th in the world and 36th in Africa while Burundi which dropped 12 places to 124th in the world is ranked 37th in Africa.

In Africa, Ivory Coast is ranked highest on the African continent and 17th in the world while Ghana, Algeria and Nigeria follow suit in second, third and fourth respectively.

Ghana, who have qualified for a third-straight World Cup have also seen some points chalked off their tally. The Black Stars now have 849 from their previous 860 points.

Following a loss and a victory against Ghana, Egypt rose from 51st to 38th place in the FIFA rankings, 11 places above Tunisia and 13 above Cameroon. In the overall world rankings, Spain top the rankings as Germany climbed to second with Argentina in third position.