Reigning African champions Cameroon as well as one of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations favourites, Senegal, will be motivated by news from the latest FIFA ranking released on June 14 as both teams moved up the list unlike the Super Eagles of Nigeria that fell some places.
Coming just a week before the start of AFCON 2019 in Egypt, the Teranga Lions of Senegal retained their place as Africa’s highest ranked team in the world after gaining one place to occupy 22nd spot with 1515 points.
2017 AFCON winners, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, on their part rose three places to occupy 51st place on the world ranking with 1404 points, placing them as the seventh best African team while Nigeria’s Super Eagles fell three places to occupy 45th place with 1433 points.
Cameroon’s rise on the world ranking comes as a result of wins over 2012 AFCON champions, Zambia, as well as Spanish club, Alcorcon, in friendly matches played in June.
Clarence Seedorf’s side will complete their AFCON 2019 preparations with a friendly against the Eagles of Mali on June 14.
Senegal rose one place on the world ranking despite not playing a match in the period under review while the Super Eagles were below-par in a friendly match against Zimbabwe in Asaba on June 8 which ended in a goalless draw.
Next up for Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles will be a friendly against Aliou Cisse’s Teranga Lions on June 16 in what would be the final preparatory match for both teams before AFCON 2019 begins.
The next world rankings will be released on July 25, a week after the competition ends.
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