Only a handful of Africa's top 30 nations moved up in the latest FIFA world rankings which were released on Thursday morning.
With the African play-offs heading into the second legs, F411 takes a look at the potential candidates for the five World Cup tickets.
Burkina Faso are just two games away from making history by qualifying for their first ever World Cup finals.
Cote d'Ivoire came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Algeria and set up a quarter-final clash against Nigeria.
Algeria will be looking to maintain a semblance of pride when they take on Cote d'Ivoire in the final Group D clash at AFCON 2013.
Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Dove Wome for Togo kept their Africa Cup of Nations hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Algeria on Saturday.
Only victory will give Algeria and Togo a chance to make it to the next round of AFCON after both experienced deflating defeats.
Tunisia snatched a 1-0 win over Algeria on the stroke of full-time in their scrappy AFCON clash on Tuesday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Tunisia will host North African rivals Algeria in their opening Group D encounter of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday evening.
Bafana Bafana will have one last chance to prepare before AFCON when they host Algeria in their last warm-up game on Saturday in Soweto.
Here we take a look at the path travelled by Algeria on their way to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.