Ahead of the international window, the latest FIFA Rankings have been released on Thursday, May 27. They come in perfect time with Uganda and South Africa set to face off in a friendly match.
Following the conclusion of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March, where both nations failed to qualify, their global and continental positions have not changed given that there was no action in April.
South Africa maintained 15th place in Africa and 75th in the World while Uganda remained 17th in Africa and 84th in the World ahead of their friendly due on June 10 in Johannesburg.
It is a friendly both sides should not take lightly if they are to improve their spots in the next rankings to be released in August.
The June international window was meant for the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on the African continent but were pushed to September, and now teams will use it to engage in international friendlies.
Uganda also maintained their top spot in the CECAFA region with Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi and South Sudan coming next respectively.
Kenya is positioned in number 102nd in the World, South Sudan are 123rd, Rwanda 129th, Tanzania 137th, Ethiopia 140th, Burundi 142nd and South Sudan 169th.
Senegal remained the best ranking nation in Africa, 22nd in the World followed by Tunisia (26th), Nigeria (32nd), Algeria (33rd) and Morocco (34th).
While Belgium also stayed at the helm of the World rankings with France, Brazil, England and Portugal completing the top five.