Eagles move up in latest FIFA ranking
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