World Cup 2018: Egypt jumps to 45th in FIFA’s world ranking
London, June 8, 2018, (AltAfrika) – Egypt became the 45 strongest participating team in the in the World Cup on Thursday, overcoming its initial 46th rank by FIFA, according to FIFA’s official website rank. The national team,set to participate for the first time since 1990 in the World Cup are considered by FIFA the fifth strongest African team taking place in this year’s tournament, coming after Tunisia, who came in 21st,Senegal, who ranked as the 27th strongest team, Congo DR,who followed in the 28th position and Morocco, who only beat Egypt by four position, ranking as
the 41st strongest team.
This also puts Egypt as the third strongest Arab country in the competition after Tunisia and Morocco, as it is set to clash with its group one opponents: Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. The rank comes as no surprise as Egypt has failed to win any of its pre-World Cup friendly matches, drawing with Kuwait and Colombia and losing to Belgium.
Despite Egypt’s almost unchanging position, several countries achieved surprising ranks as Azerbaijan jumped up a full 21 places, while Guyana dropped 18. As for the current leading countries, Germany looms in first place as the anticipated strongest in this year’s competition, followed by strong contenders Brazil, Belgium and Portugal. In June’s rankings, Poland jumped from 10th to eights place, only to be replaced by by Spain, which deteriorated from eighth to 10th.
This is Egypt’s first World Cup participation since 1990. It was madepossible by Egyptian king Mohamed Salah, who scored two sensational goals including a killer penalty in the last seconds of the game, in addition to a previously scored goal. The two Salah goals got Egypt the World Cup qualifier game.