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The 10 Highest-Ranked Nations Heading Into AFCON Qualifiers

Qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations gets under way this week, and will feature the best talent the continent has to offer. Here are the 10 highest-ranked nations heading into the AFCON qualifiers!

Qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations gets under way this week, and will feature the best talent the continent has to offer. Here are the 10 highest-ranked nations heading into the AFCON qualifiers!

Click through the gallery above to see the 10 highest-ranked nations, and their current world ranking, ahead of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers this week, according to FIFA.

Less than five months after the 2019 edition of Africa's showpiece tournament concluded, stars from the continent will converge again this week as they kick off their respective qualification campaigns for the 2021 competition.

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The highest-ranked nation heading into the upcoming qualifiers is AFCON 2019 runners-up Senegal, who featured in FIFA's most recent rankings as the 20th-best team in the world. The Lions of Teranga are closely followed by North African giants Tunisia, who are ranked 29th in the world, while the Super Eagles of Nigeria are a further six places behind.

Reigning tournament champions Algeria are Africa's fourth highest-ranked nation, featuring at No. 38 in FIFA's latest rankings, while neighbours Morocco complete the top five ahead of seven-time winners Egypt.

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Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast make up the remainder of the top 10, which notably does not include 72nd-ranked South Africa – you can see all of Africa's 10 highest-ranked nations in the gallery above!

Do you think there will be any surprises during qualifying for AFCON 2021? Let us have your thoughts by commenting below. 

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