Nigeria Moves Up By One Position In FIFA Raking

Despite the change in the team’s early exit from the 2016 African Nations Championship, the Eagles garnered 547 points, a difference of four points from the 543 points they had in February.
The Eagles are now 11th in the continental rankings, behind Cameroon, who are 61st in the world and 10th on the continent.
Nigeria have moved up one spot from 63rd to the 62nd position in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. 
On the continent, Ivory Coast, who were ranked first in February, have dropped to the second place. They are behind Cape Verde, who occupied the second place last month. The Ivorians dropped eight places to become 36th in the world while Cape Verde are now 31 in the world after moving up two place from their 33rd position in February with 789 points.

Algeria, who were 36th in February, dropped another one place to rank 37th in March. They are still Africa’s third with 743 points. They are followed by Ghana, who remained where they were in February when they dropped eight points to sit in the 41st position. Tunisia and Senegal occupy the fifth and sixth positions on the continent with 609 and 603 points. They are placed 47th and 48th in the world.

Nigeria’s opponents in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Egypt, are ranked seventh in Africa with 589 points. The Pharaohs moved up two places from their 55th position in February.

The top ten in the world remained unchanged as Belgium are still the world’s best football playing team. The Belgians retained their 1506 points. They are followed by Argentina with 1457 points and Spain with 1374 points. Germany, Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Colombia, England and Austria, complete the top 10 in the world.



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