FIFA to challenge new special African ranking following Egypt complaint
The world football governing physique (FIFA) is set to establish another unique African ranking ahead on the World Cup draw set for 24 June right after receiving complaints, according to a letter sent from FIFA for the member associations.
"Following some complaints received with regards towards the fluctuation on the FIFA rankings inside the month of June, and with the aim of transparency, it was decided to proceed with establishing a unique FIFA ranking... on 21 June 2016," read the letter signed by FIFA Deputy Secretary-General Marco Villiger.
A unique ranking will as a result be established on 21 June 2016 so that you can distribute the qualified teams in to the distinct pots accordingly.
FIFA issued on eight June a unique African ranking that sparked controversy, particularly in Egypt.
Coming seventh in Africa, the Pharaohs were not amongst the five-top teams which will be in pot 1 within the World Cup draw.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) filed a complaint to the world governing body to overview their calculations.
"Egypt's position in May, June as well as July within the subsequent ranking ought to be the fifth [continentally]... why was Egypt ranked seventh?" asked the EFA in their complaint, which was published on Thursday on their official web page.
The 20 African countries that produced it for the final qualifying phase is going to be drawn into 5 groups with 4 teams in every group, with the group winners securing a location in the 2018 Russia finals.
Egypt have not reached football's world's most prestigious showpiece considering the fact that creating the final of their two appearances in 1990.