Morocco enters 2023 Africa Cup of Nations as highest ranked team



Morocco will go for next month’s  Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023, as the highest ranked side in the tournament following Thursday’s release of the FIFA Rankings.

The Atlas Lions maintained their leadership position on the continent just three weeks before the tournament starts in Cote d’Ivoire.

This means they will go into Africa’s flagship sports competition as the highest ranked team for the ranking that is released every month.

It also means Morocco finish the year by maintaining their position as the leading African football nation as there were minimal changes in the last FIFA rankings for the year.

It is a massive confidence boost for the Atlas Lions for the upcoming TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations who were closely followed by Senegal and Tunisia.


Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso complete the top ten countries.

This ranking provides an opportunity to reflect on the statistical performance of the continent’s teams, with a total of 231 matches played throughout the year.

Among these, 91 were friendly matches, 88 were related to CAF competition qualifiers, and 52 were for FIFA competition qualifications.

Algeria and Madagascar emerged as the most active national teams on the continent, each participating in 16 matches.

The full list includes a total of 53 African nations, with Eritrea not ranked due to inactivity for over four years.


Morocco’s consistent performance secured its top position in the continental rankings, reflecting a year of intense football activity across Africa.

As the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023, draws closer, football enthusiasts will eagerly anticipate how the ranking reflect on their teams’ performance in Cote d’Ivoire.


FIFA Rankings for Africa for December 2023

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Country Global Position
1 Morocco 13
2 Senegal 20
3 Tunisia 28
4 Algaria 30
5 Egypte 33
6 Nigeria 42
7 Cameroon 46
8 Côte d’Ivoire 49
9 Mali 51
10 Burkina Faso 57
11 Ghana 61
12 South Africa 66
13 DR Congo 67
14 Cape Verde 73
15 Guinea 80
16 Gabon 82
17 Zambie 84
18 Equatorial Guinea 88
19 Uganda 92
20 Benin 97
21 Guinea Bissau 103
22 Mauritania 105
23 Madagascar 109
24 Kenya 110
25 Mozambique 111
26 Congo 112
27 Namibia 115
28 Angola 117
29 Togo 118
30 Comoros 119
31 Libya 120
32 Tanzania 121
33 Malawi 123
34 Zimbabwe 124
35 Gambia 126
36 Sierra Leone 127
37 Sudan 128
38 Niger 129
39 Central African Republic 131
40 Rwanda 133
41 Burundi 139
42 Ethiopia 144
43 Botswana 145
44 Lesotho 148
45 Eswatini 149
46 Liberia 153
47 South Sudan 166
48 Mauritius 177
49 Chad 181
50 Sao Tomé and Principe 191
51 Djibouti 192
52 Somalia 198
53 Seychelles 199



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