TANZANIA has climbed two steps higher in the latest FIFA world rankings and is now placed 116th in the global chart.

According to the new edition released by FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, Tanzania has, however, dropped seven points from last month to 253.78 points from the previous 261.11, a move that may be attributed to the national team, Taifa Stars, having been inactive during the rankings period.

Tanzania also moved two places in the continental rankings but the country remains behind its regional neighbours Kenya and Uganda. Forty-two international 'A' matches were taken into account for the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - 40 of which were friendlies.

Of the 40 friendlies, 28 took place as part of the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa, which Tanzania did not take part in.

It was the third edition of this tournament, in which only players who play in the national championships in their respective countries are eligible to participate.

The Stars scaled two places in the previous edition as they slowly try to force their way back in the top 100.

Uganda remains top of CECAFA region at position 87 but have also dropped a point followed by Ethiopia (95th), while Kenya are in 108th position.

Ivory Coast remains Africa's best despite dropping six points while Algeria who were third in January move to second. Cape Verde previously fifth has risen to third place.

Ghana [previously second] and Egypt's Pharaohs are fourth and fifth with the latter dropping a place down on the rankings this time to close the top five.

Spain, Germany and Argentina retained first, second and third places respectively, while Switzerland (6th, up 2) leapfrogged Uruguay (7th, down 1) and Italy (8th, down 1).

Meanwhile Portugal (4th, up 1) swapped spots with Colombia (5th, down 1) and Brazil (9th, up 1) did the same with the Netherlands (10th, down 1).

The following teams have climbed more than five berths in the last month -- Cape Verde Islands (27th, up 8), Armenia (30th, up 8), Slovakia (54th, up 6), Israel (56th, up 7), Uzbekistan (57th, up 8), Poland (70th, up 7), Liechtenstein (150th, up 6) and Pakistan (165th, up 7).

Many of them benefited from the devaluation of older matches. The opposite is true for some of February's biggest fallers, in particular Mali (59th, down 19) and Togo (90th, down 19), who took part in the Africa Cup of Nations last year, suffering considerable losses.

Only three teams have climbed ten or more places in the last few weeks: St Vincent and the Grenadines (141st, up 14), El Salvador (78th, up 10) and Belize (142nd, up 10).

Very little has changed in the composition of the top 50 -- Paraguay (49th, up 2) are new members of the group at the expense of Mali, bringing the number of South American teams in the top 50 up to nine and the number of African teams down to eight.

The number of teams from UEFA (26 teams in the top 50), CONCACAF (5), the AFC (2) and the OFC (0) remain unchanged.