Rabat – After FIFA ranked Morocco’s national football team 41st in June, Herve Renard’s team dropped five spots to 46th. The Atlas Lions are paying a high price for their early exit in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Despite a solid performance in the global competition, the national team have not maintained their rank, especially after two defeats against Iran and Portugal and a draw against Spain in the World Cup. At the African level, Morocco has the fifth best national football team, behind both Tunisia and Senegal (24), the Republic of Congo (37), and Ghana (45).The national team is also the third among Arab nations, behind Tunisia and Egypt (65). The 2018 World Cup champion, France, has gained first place for the first time since 2001. Les Bleus are followed by Belgium (2), Brazil (3), Croatia (4), Uruguay (5), England (6), Portugal (7), Switzerland (8), and Spain and Denmark both in 9th. To earn a better spot in the next FIFA ranking, the Moroccan team will have to prove its worth in the qualification games of the 2019 CAN. Mehdi Benatia, team captain, and his teammates will play against Malawi September 8, Comoros on October 10, and Cameroon on November 17.