After their disappointing draw against the modest Eswatini team (1-1) on the margins of the final day of the Can 2022 playoffs in Cameroon, the Teranga lions are no longer in the top 20 of the best teams in the world according to the Fifa ranking published this Wednesday, April 7, 2021. This ranking, carried out each month by the world football governing body, lost two places to the national team of Senegal. However, in Africa, Aliou Cissé’s men still hold their first place ahead of the major football nations in the continent such as Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria or Egypt.
Senegal loses two places in the FIFA World Rankings. The Teranga Lions have dropped out of the top 20 in the world ranking of the best football teams. Sadio Mané’s team is now 22nd with 16 points less than in the last ranking by Fifa/Coca-Cola. For no doubt, the disappointing performance at home of Aliou Cissé’s men ahead of the Eswatini team on the final day of the Can 2022 playoffs, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Moreover, the coach of the Teranga Lions was highly criticized after this meeting where Senegal snatched the equalisation in the last seconds of the extra time, in the 94th minute precisely.
This Fifa ranking confirms these difficulties of the Senegal national team in the game even though the qualification was acquired by the Lions even before playing the last two games of the playoffs. Senegal still retains its position as the best team on the African continent.
Note that other countries also lost places in this ranking. This is Algeria, the reigning African champion, who also lost two places while the Atlas Lions of Morocco lost a place.