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Nigeria retain 42nd spot in FIFA ranking

It was the same story in the continent, as Nigeria also retained her number 9 position in yesterday’s ranking, the same position occupied last month.The…

It was the same story in the continent, as Nigeria also retained her number 9 position in yesterday’s ranking, the same position occupied last month.
The Super Eagles failed to beat South Africa earlier this month and so will not feature at next year’s African soccer show to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.
But Nigeria are expected to suffer a slide on the rankings after the AFCON because they will not be involved in the tournament.
Nigeria’s best world ranking this year was achieved in August 2014 when they placed 33rd, while the highest ever was in April 1994 when they were rated fifth best in the world.
South Africa and Congo, who qualified for AFCON from Group A, have moved up in the rankings as a result of their qualification, though behind Nigeria.
The highest ranked team from Africa is Algeria who are 18 in the world, while Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire who are second and third respectively in the continent occupy number 22 and 24 in the world.
Other African teams in the top 10 in the continent are Senegal who are fourth, Ghana fifth, Guinea sixth, Cape Verde seventh and Cameroon who are placed eight while Mali occupy number 10.
In global ranking, Germany were ranked number one, followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain and Uruguay to complete the top 10.