The Cranes continue to fly high. Although their run in Egypt ended in the Round of 16, the Ugandans left a good overall impression.

They produced some pleasing football, especially against the DRC (2-0) in the first round. Uganda also hosted and won the CECAFA Cup – Africa’s oldest football tournament – this year.

Ivory Coast

Côte d’Ivoire’s Serge Wilfried Kanon heads the ball.

The Elephants have clearly lost some of their shine, after a stunning loss to Ethiopia (1-2), and barely scraping a win against Niger (1-0) in their 2021 AFCON qualification round. 

They reached the 2019 AFCON quarter-finals, losing only on penalties to Algeria. Their record is good, but close defeats against Ethiopia, Uganda (0-1), Benin (1-2) will be worrying signs for Ivorian coach Ibrahim Kamara.


Top of the rankings in 2018, Morocco failed to compete well this year. They were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Benin in the AFCON (1-1, 1-4 in the second round), after winning all three of their first round matches by the same score (1-0).

Morocco’s former coach Hervé Renard will now be leading Saudi Arabia after an amicable termination of his contract. His successor, Vahid Halilhodzic, has had a slow start, although his recent success in Burundi (3-0) is a good sign.

A team with huge potential, Morocco will be setting high objectives for the next year.


Ghana’s record in Egypt was not great. They reached the Round of 16, but performed poorly. They’ve already lost two friendlies, but beat South Africa at the start of their campaign to qualify for the 2021 AFCON.

However, the Black Stars have the potential to do much better.

Egypt and Guinea disappoint, Comoros on the rise

Big names in African football failed to make the top of the rankings. Egypt, for example, missed out on the AFCON despite being favourites in the competition. Cameroon have been disappointing fans since their 2017 triumph. Guinea is another notable team that failed to perform after dismissing their Belgian coach Paul Put over corruption allegations.