Ivory Coast are top of Fifa's rankings for Africa

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba has lead Ivory Coast to the top of the Fifa rankings for Africa

Ivory Coast have moved above Ghana to become the top side in Africa, according to Fifa's latest rankings.

The Elephants moved up 7 places, to their highest ever world ranking of 14, as Ghana dropped 18 spots.

The Black Stars' sudden drop is partly due to the devaluation of the first phase of matches from the World Cup last year in South Africa.

The biggest movers on the rankings were Zimbabwe who leapt 39 places, to 87th globally and 22nd on the continent.

Other African sides who made big gains on the latest list are Liberia (125th, up 32), Comoros (164th, up 24), Sierra Leone (95th, up 23) and Central African Republic (91st, up 22).

Despite the devaluation of the World Cup matches Spain stay at number 1 overall.

Africa's Top Ten (global ranking in brackets):

  1. Ivory Coast (14)
  2. Ghana (33)
  3. Egypt (34)
  4. Burkina Faso (37)
  5. Nigeria (41)
  6. Senegal (43)
  7. South Africa (47)
  8. Cameroon (48)
  9. Algeria (51)
  10. Tunisia (57)