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The Fauves gained 20 places on the latest Fifa world rankings following their recent exploit against the Pharaohs in 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying

The Central African Republic jumped from 93rd place to 73rd on the latest Fifa world rankings released on Wednesday, gaining 20 points from the previous rating which is now the team’s highest ever.

The Fauves owe this to their recent qualification to the second and final qualifying round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating seven-time African champions Egypt on a 4-3 aggregate, with the central Africans pulling off a shock in Alexandria with a 3-2 triumph in the first leg.

Egypt, who will be missing another Africa Cup of Nations finals in a row after Gabon and Equatorial Guinea 2012, moved up six places into 42nd and now sit behind reigning African champions Zambia.

The official draw ceremony of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will take place on July 5 at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni in South Africa.

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