The Equatorial Guinea national football team has emerged the most improved African team in the CocaCola FIFA Ranking for the month of November.
Equatorial Guinea went 10 places up, after stunning Libya over two legs, in the last AFCON qualifiers. The Libyans dropped nine places and lost 31 rank points as a result of their double losses.
From a previous position of 144th in the world, and 48th in Africa, Equatorial Guinea moved up to 134th and 38th respectively.
Burundi, like Equatorial Guinea, also moved 10 places up in the latest ranking released by FIFA on Thursday. The Swallows rose from a previous position of 148th in the world in October to 138th in November. In its African ranking, it rose to become the 40th best team in the continent having picked a total of 4 points against Mauritania in the last round of the AFCON qualifiers.
While Equatorial Guinea had an addition of 31 points, from 1966 to 1997, Burundi had an addition of 20 points from 1958 points in October to 1978 points in November.
South Sudan also had an impressive ascent from 168th in the world to 163rd as it rose five places on the global ranking.
African football giants, Senegal went a place up in the ranking from 21st to 20th and maintained its number 1 spot in Africa. North African powerhouse, Tunisia followed, pipping Algeria to second spot as it maintained its 26th position in the world.
Nigeria went down three places from its previous position of 32nd to 35th and fell from 3rd in the continent to 4th place.
Morocco went four places up from 39th to 35th, where it’s tied with Nigeria, while Egypt and Cameroon rose three places from 52nd to 49th and 53rd to 50th in the world respectively.
The Black Stars of Ghana dropped four places from 48th in the world to 52nd.
The best 10 teams in Africa according to the November ranking are;
- Burkina Faso
CHAN2020: Africa’s Festival of Football, Music and Culture
When the African Nations Championship kicked off at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Cameroon showed the world a glimpse of what Africa deeply entails.
Beyond football, Africa’s beauty is richly defined by its excellent culture and art.
Africa stands out for its glitz and glamour, and when football, the most followed sport on the continent comes knocking, expression becomes compulsory – a watchword.
COVID-19 has denied the world of many things, but 2021 has shown it may come with a difference. And in the first month of the new year, Africa is treating the world to the spectacle it missed months ago.
Like the opening ceremony of the African Nations Championship was not enough, competing national teams, fans and players have shown the cultural strength of the continent, and you can’t but admire it.
From the most beautiful local drums, to the rhythmic dance steps and music, Africa has shown itself through CHAN.
As teams score, there is a clear elucidation of the wealth of artistic beauty the continent possesses. While players’ hairstyles are a form, their celebrations are another show of undisputed cultural creativity and credibility.
On green-lush grasses, jerseys blend with music and style as players toil with swivelling arms and legs, chasing the round leather, sweating to bring glory to their nations. Realistically, the glory doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, as their cultural suaveness keep stealing the headlines.
The first six games of the competition produced four goals, in what showed how tough, and sometimes, drab football can be on the continent, but fans had been treated to a cultural spectacle, beyond the round leather.
Tanzanian players sing from the dressing room as they match on to the pitch, and just when you think they faze their opponents, Congolese players are in a queue-like fashion, passing on the dance steps from front to back. It’s a festival of art and culture for Africans.
Cameroon is treating the world to a carnival of football, with beautiful displays mostly seen so far. However, beyond the game is the serene and tranquil ambience brought by fans and players, who have taken every opportunity to show why Africa is the seat of entertainment.
What you may not see in the AFCON is the cultural diversity and understanding shown by players, as many European-born footballers represent African countries.
It is a sight to behold for the many players of dual nationalities who are not yet exposed to the full bloom of Africa’s flowers, but these African-based players dueling for the CHAN prize, are themselves, a sight to behold- the flower itself.
CHAN: Burkina Faso Defeat Zimbabwe, Gain First Points
The Stallions of Burkina Faso ran out 3-1 victors over the Warriors of Zimbabwe on matchday 5 of the ongoing African Nations Championship.
Burkina Faso who had lost 1-0 to Mali in their opening fixture, started as favourites on Wednesday night and were quick to fire the first salvo.
Issouf Soso scored on the 14th minute before Partson Jaure drew the Zimbabweans level just nine minutes later.
In the second half, Clavert Kiendrebeogo put the Burkinabes ahead again on the 53rd minute before Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the third and final goal of the game on the 67th minute.
At the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Cameroon played a 1-1 stalemate against Mali. Salomon Banga drew the first blood for the hosts before Issaka Samakke scored a sublime free-kick before the break to draw the Malians level.
Cameroon and Mali are tied on points on group A with a goal difference of plus one after two matches.
Cameroon will face Burkina Faso in the third and final group game while Zimbabwe will hope to pick their first point of the tournament against Mali.
Cameroon’s Joel Embiid Creates New Record for Philadelphia
Cameroon’s Joel Embiid has become the first Philadelphia 76ers player to record 45 points, more than 15 rebounds and over 5 steals in a single game since 1974.
Embiid, who played college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, created the record in Philadelphia’s 137-134 defeat of Miami Heats.
The Cameroonian 2014 draft for Philadelphia has so far had a good season with fans of the 76ers hailing his work rate and aggression.
Embiid’s teammate, Danny Green also created a franchise record of nine-three pointers from his total of 29 points.
The Cameroonian impressed and was all over the court as fans are already mouthing a possible MVP nomination for him.
“I’ve got a goal. I want to win the championship and I can’t do it alone,” Embiid said.
Nigeria’s Gabe Vincent and Precious Achiuwa impressed for Miami in the game with Vincent scoring 24 points in his first career start, while Achiuwa made his first start since being drafted in the top 30 picks during the off season.
Achiuwa, born in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria, scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in what’s the highest of his freshly-starting NBA career.
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