Following the team’s title win at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Algeria have reaped the dividends by making a massive jump up the latest FIFA world rankings released by the football governing body on Thursday.
The Desert Foxes rose a massive 28 places on the latest rankings dropped by FIFA barely a week after Riyad Mahrez and co got the better of Senegal’s Teranga Lions with a 1-0 win in the AFCON 2019 final played on Friday, July 19.
Algeria’s big jump up the new world ranking has seen the African champions break into the world top 50 to now occupy 40th spot, while also settling as the continent’s fourth best team behind Senegal, Tunisia and Nigeria.
The Teranga Lions on their part remain Africa’s top ranked team and only one from the continent in the world top 20 after rising two places to occupy 20th spot.
Senegal, whose only losses at AFCON 2019 came in both meetings against Algeria in the group stage and final, share the position on the latest ranking with Poland who fell one place to rank 20th as well.
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