The 40th edition of the Council for East and Central African Football Federations is upon us, with action getting underway this Saturday 7th with the tournament climaxing on 19th December in Kampala.
Nine teams have confirmed their participation in this year’s championship, with hosts Uganda, Burundi, Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti pitted in Group A.
While defending champions Kenya, 2017 runners up Zanzibar, three time winners Tanzania and Sudan will compete for a spot in the semi-finals.
But how and where do the countries rank according to the latest FIFA rankings released on 28th November.
Record Champions Uganda maintain their longstanding rank at the top of the CECAFA rankings. They rank 77th overall, improving their ranking from 79th in October. In Africa, they rank 15th.
Kenya come second regards the CECAFA, ranking 106th in the world and 25th in the African ranks. Sudan come third, with a 128th overall rank and 35th in the African ranking.
Rwanda who pulled out of the tournament due to financial constraints follows, ranking 131st in the world and 26th on the continent.
Tanzania ranks in position 134 overall, and 28th in the continental standings. Burundi then come in at 151 and 33rd in the African ranks.
Djibouti and Somalia are all in the bottom five ranked sides on the continent, with Djibouti ranking 184th while Somalia rank 196th.
Eritrea are the bottom ranked side in the CECAFA region and on the continent, ranking 205th overall.