Ivory Coast move up Fifa rankings

Ivory Coast players celebrate
Ivory Coast players celebrate

Ivory Coast have leapt up the latest Fifa world rankings after winning the Africa Cup of Nations.

Equatorial Guinea, hosts of the Nations Cup which ended on Sunday, soared into the top 50 for the first time.

The National Lighting leapt 69 places and are joint 49th with Congo after reaching the semi-finals, albeit in controversial style.

The Ivorians moved up eight places to 20th although Algeria remain Africa's best-placed team in 18th.

The Elephants are ranked second in Africa behind the Desert Foxes, the team they beat in the quarter-finals.

Nations Cup runners-up Ghana moved up 12 places to 25th.

The worst movers in the world this month were Libya, who dropped 35 places to 113th.

At the top, Germany maintained their number one ranking ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

There were no new entries into the world's top 10.

Africa's top ten:

1. Algeria

2. Ivory Coast

3. Ghana

4. Tunisia

5. Cape Verde

6. Senegal

7. Nigeria

8. Guinea

9. Cameroon

10. Congo DR

World's top ten:

1. Germany

2. Argentina

3. Colombia

4. Belgium

5. Netherlands

6. Brazil

7. Portugal

8. France

9. Uruguay

10. Spain