Windhoek - The Democratic Republic of Congo are currently rated the best football team in the SADC region, according to the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings.
The ranking, released on September 17 put the DRC in ninth place overall in Africa and 57th in the world, showing how far off the pace national football teams from Southern Africa are when it comes to competing internationally.
The DRC is just one of four teams from Southern Africa that is in the world’s top 100, with the others being South Africa, Zambia and surprise package Madagascar. The Indian Ocean islanders are presently ranked higher than traditional regional heavyweights like Angola.
The highest ranked country in Africa is Senegal, which places 20th in the world, followed by Tunisia (26th globally), Nigeria (29), Algeria (35) and Morocco (43).
Africa’s top ten is rounded out by Ghana (46), Egypt (51), Cameroon (53), Mali (57) and DRC.
South Africa are ranked 13th in Africa and 71st in the world, Zambia are 19th in Africa and 88th in the world, Madagascar are 21st in Africa and 92nd in the world. Mozambique come in as 24th on the continent (105), followed by Zimbabwe (27th and 111th), Namibia (29th and 117th), Malawi (32nd and 123rd), Comoros (37th and 133rd), Tanzania (38th and 134th), Lesotho (39th and 139th), and Botswana (42nd and 148th).
The region’s ranking are rounded off by Eswatini (45th and 153rd), Mauritius (48th and 172nd), and Seychelles (53rd and 202nd).