Algeria reach highest ever position on Fifa rankings

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Algeria moved up five places in November's Fifa World Rankings to number 19, their highest position since the system was launched in 1993.

Their rise was helped by their 2-0 win over Libya as the Desert Foxes qualified for next year's Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Ivory Coast remain the top side in Africaexternal-link and have risen one place globally to 15.

The biggest movers were Niger, who leapt 30 places to 107 in the world.

Their qualification for a second consecutive Nations Cup finals also took them from 42 on the continent to number 30.

Togo's reward for overcoming Gabon to reach the Nations Cup was a rise of 20 places taking them to 73 globally and 17 in Africa.

Losses in to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in friendly matches see Congo-Brazzaville drop 21 places overall.

Spain and Germany remain as the top two ranked teams in the world.

Fifa's Top 10 for November for Africa, world ranking in brackets:

  • 1. Ivory Coast (15)
  • 2. Algeria (19)
  • 3. Mali (28)
  • 4. Ghana (29)
  • 5. Zambia (39)
  • 6. Egypt (40)
  • 7. Tunisia (46)
  • 8= Central African Republic (52)
  • 8= Gabon (52)
  • 10. Nigeria (57)

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