The governing body of football in the world published this Thursday, June 29, 2023 a new ranking of men’s football. Several countries, including African ones, were able to climb significantly to the top of the list this time around.

The Sparrowhawks of Togo have made a significant leap thanks to their last victories on the 5th day of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers.

Paulo Duarte’s men, who were 129th in the world according to the ranking of April 6, 2023, are now 122nd, gaining seven places in the world ranking.

In Africa, Togo now occupies the 31st position with 1140.88 points against 1129.81 in the previous ranking.

The biggest climb of all was made by Kazakhstan (104th, up 8). Other notable climbers are Tanzania (123rd, up 7) and Moldova (164th, up 7), who collected 22.7 points, largely thanks to their upset 3-2 loss to Poland in the Champions League qualifier EURO 2024.

Overall, Argentina (1st) are settling into their new role as world leaders. Almost three months after regaining the top spot in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the Albiceleste remain top thanks to friendly victories against Australia and Indonesia.

The top three are also unchanged, with the reigning world champions remaining ahead of France (2nd) and Brazil (3rd).

According to the new ranking, Morocco remain the Kings of Africa, followed by Senegal (2nd), Tunisia (3rd), Algeria (4th) and Egypt (5th).

Meanwhile Nigeria remain in 6th position in Africa although the Super Eagles have gained a place in the world (39th). Ditto for the Ghana Black Stars who are currently 59th globally and still 11th in Africa.