Tunisia top African rankings for first time in 15 years

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Tunisia need a point to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia
Tunisia need a point to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Tunisia have moved top of Fifa’s African rankings for the first time in 15 years.

The last time the North Africans were ranked the best team on the continent was back in January 2002, a position the Carthage Eagles had assumed the previous July.

Managed by Nabil Maaloul, Tunisia – who need just a point at home to Libya next month to qualify for the World Cup – replace Egypt at the top of the African standings.

Nigeria move up to 41st in latest FIFA rankings

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have also moved up on the latest rankings. Having qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 home victory against Zambia, Nigeria moved three places.

The west African country are now fifth in Africa and 41st in the global ranking one place behind Cameroon who they pummeled 4-0 in the qualifiers.

See full FIFA rankings here

Earlier this month, Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Meanwhile, fellow African sides Eritrea and Somalia share the lowest spot in the rankings – 206th – with four other nations.

Africa’s top ten on October’s Fifa rankings – global ranking in brackets:

1. Tunisia (28)
2. Egypt (30)
3. Senegal (32)
4. DR Congo (35)
5. Nigeria (41)
6. Cameroon (42)
7. Morocco (48)
8. Ghana (52)
9. Burkina Faso (55)
10. Ivory Coast (61)