Have a look at the participating countries and the places gained or lost:
Egypt +15This kind of data would lead one to believe that a team that consistently played 6 or 7 matches a month, against no better than adequate opposition, at slightly better than .500, would soon be the world's best, according to FIFA (or the statisticians thereof). I know this isn't a zero-sum scenario, but how can there be a net 78-place gain for African sides for playing amongst themselves?
Côte d'Ivoire +10
DR Congo +5
South Africa -1
Total places gained: 83
Total places dropped: 5
The only change in the top 10 sees Spain dropping into a 6th place tie with Mexico and the U.S. (both were tied at 7th in January).