Ea­gles move up in latest FIFA rank­ing

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar

Nige­ria’s Su­per Ea­gles has moved up one place to 52nd in the latest rank­ings an­nounced by the Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Football As­so­ci­a­tion yesterday. The Au­gust rank­ings had placed Nige­ria at 53rd in world football but af­ter the matches against Tan­za­nia and Niger, which the Su­per Ea­gles drew and won re­spec­tively, the coun­try is now placed at a step up in the new FIFA/ Coca-Cola rank­ings.

Ar­gentina is still the top-ranked team in the world. Bel­gium and Ger­many swapped sec­ond and third places with the 2014 World Cup win­ners re­claim­ing sec­ond place.

Nige­ria is still the 10th team in Africa with Al­ge­ria still the lead­ers in Africa at 19th po­si­tion on the world ta­ble. The top 10 teams in Africa are: Al­ge­ria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tu­nisia, Sene­gal, Cape Verde, Congo, Cameroon, Egypt and Nige­ria.

Mean­while, the big­gest movers in the top 50 are Nor­way (34th, up 35) and Verde Is­lands (41st, up 15). A num­ber of teams out­side the top 50 have also made big leaps, namely Liberia (95th, up 65), South Su­dan (144th, up 54), Nicaragua (95th, up 44), the Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic (126th, up 42), the Cook Is­lands (166th, up 39), Ge­or­gia (110th, up 37), Amer­i­can Samoa (164th, up 35), Samoa (162nd, up 34), Fin­land (64th, up 28), Mau­ri­ta­nia (89th, up 25), An­tigua and Bar­buda (83rd, up 22), Aruba (115th, up 22) and Bu­rundi (113th, up 21).

The top 10 in the world re­main Ar­gentina, Ger­many, Bel­gium, Por­tu­gal, Columbia, Spain, Brazil, Wales, Chile and Eng­land.

Ahmed Musa of Nige­ria con­trols the ball dur­ing the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F match be­tween Nige­ria and Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina at Arena Pan­tanal on June 21, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. 2

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