Egypt was the FIFA World Ranking’s biggest loser in August, plummeting 20 spots to 65th internationally and 11th in Africa.
It was the first edition of the ranking under FIFA’s new format, which has drawn criticism from analysts as a missed opportunity to rectify a long-broken system.
The Pharaohs will have little to complain about, however, having gone nine matches without a win and succumbing to three defeats at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, though their final match against Saudi Arabia was marred by suspicious officiating.
The Saudis were granted two dubious penalties by controversial referee Wilmar Rodan despite disputes from Video Assistant Replay officials.
The affects of those decisions are undoubtedly still reverberating, though, as evidenced by the new ranking.
Egypt has since declined to renew the contract of former manager Hector Cuper, opting to hire former Mexico and Japan coach Javier Aguirre.
The team’s next match is a home Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger on September 9.
August African ranking (top 15)
- Congo DR
- Cape Verde
- Cote d’Ivoire
- South Africa