By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have gained a place in the world in the latest edition of the country rankings released by the world football governing body, FIFA. The rankings released this March 32, 2022, sees Cameroon moved from the 38th position in the world to the 37th position.
In terms of the African continent, Cameroon is yet to move it maintained its 6th position as was the case back at the 10 February rankings. The country is, however, down 0.33 per cent (1480.49) to its previous points total of the last ranking.
The move for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon can be put to their qualification to the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup. The country defeated the Desert Foxes of Algeria on the aggregate scoreline to make their eighth appearance at the world event.
Heading into this encounter, Cameroon knew only a victory will guarantee their place in Qatar having lost 1-0 to Algeria on home soil, four days earlier. And the tides were in favour of Cameroon as Choupo Moting scored Cameroon’s first goal in the 22nd minute. If the game had ended like this, extra time and penalties would have had to decide the encounter.
Touba had other ideas as she found the net for the Algerians at the 118minutes of play. The Desert Foxes at this stage were on the first flight to Qatar looking at the aggregate situation. Kal Toko Ekambi had other ideas though. He scored the last goal giving Cameroon a 2-1 victory at the night and a 2-2 aggregate score.
In the other rankings, Senegal lost two places on the global stage and is now 20th in the world. They still maintain their stronghold in Africa, holding the top spot. They are followed by Morocco (24 in the world) and second in Africa.
Nigeria and Egypt made the biggest moves in the world as both countries gained two points each from their previous rankings. Nigeria climbed to 30 in the world (3rd in Africa) and Egypt despite not qualifying for the World Cup is 32nd in the world and 4th in Africa.
Tunisia follows on the 35 spots in the world and 5 in Africa; Algeria (44 in the world and 7th in Africa); Mali (8 in the world and 8 in Africa); Ivory Coast 53 in the world and 9 in Africa) and Burkina Faso is 56th in the world and 10th in Africa.