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South Sudan improves in FIFA ranking

South Sudan have improved in the latest FIFA rankings moving 11 places better to 162nd place.

In the rankings released on Thursday at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, South Sudan improved and now have 997 points.

South Sudan’s move is attributed to their 1-0 home win and 2-1 victory away to Seychelles in the preliminary stage of the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

“Slowly we shall work hard to try and improve football in South Sudan. We are happy that we have improved in the FIFA rankings. We shall continue to work hard,” said South Sudan Football Associations (SSFA) President, Francis Amin Michael.

The improvement in ranking also see South Sudan move to eighth place in the Council of East and central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) rankings. Uganda are better ranked in FIFA at 79th and top in the Cecafa region, while Kenya is second and 108 ranked by FIFA.

Senegal are the best African ranked team at number 20th, while Belgium still tops the FIFA world ranking with 1755 points.

South Sudan stands more chances of improving in the FIFA rankings if they perform well in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers where they are placed in Group B alongside Uganda, Malawi and Burkina Faso.