Amavubi team

Amavubi team

RWANDA soared up five places to 129 in the April FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released yesterday in Zurich, Switzerland.

The improvements come a time when Rwanda never engaged Amavubi in any international competition. Eric Nshimiyimana remained tied on 39th position in Africa with 197 points.

Despite the improvement, Rwanda is still ranked below other influential Cecafa countries that also made drastic improvements except for leaders Uganda who dropped one place to 86th in the world and 18th in Africa.

 Ethiopia also dropped one place to 101th in the world and 27th in Africa while Kenya improved three places to 106th in the world and 29th in Africa.

Sudan improved five places to 117th in the world and 33rd in Africa while Tanzania dropped five places to 122nd in the world and 37th in Africa. Burundi is four places ahead of Rwanda in 125th position in the world and 38th in Africa.

There was no change in the top three African rankings. Cote d’Ivoire remains Africa’s best ranked nation after improving three places to 21st in the world, followed by Egypt and Algeria.

Europe occupies the top three places on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after Portugal climbed third behind leaders Spain and Germany.

They are followed by four South American sides in Colombia, Uruguay and fierce rivals Argentina and Brazil who share sixth position. Just 12 points separate this quartet.

Greece returns to the top ten for the first time since October 2012, while Scotland is the only team to have climbed over ten places.

Only six matches were played over the past month. The majority of changes to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking can be attributed to the devaluation of matches from previous years, most of which were FIFA World Cup qualifiers and now have a greatly reduced weighting.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 8 May 2014.