Nigeria moves up in FIFA ranking

Friday 9 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up one spot in the latest FIFA monthly ranking released yesterday.
The Super Eagles who were ranked 45th in last month’s rankings, improved by one spot, as they now occupy number 44 in the world, 35 days to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

However, the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions’ position on the continent remains unchanged at sixth, still behind Cape Verde who are ranked fifth. 

In the overall world ranking, Europe still occupies the top three places with Spain, Germany and Portugal occupying the first, second and third positions respectively.

Behind the top three are four South American sides in Brazil, (4th, up 2), Colombia (5th, down 1) and fierce rivals Uruguay (6th, down 1) and Argentina (down 1), who share seventh position. 

Ivory Coast remains the top-ranked African side static at 21 this month. Egypt is unmoved from 24th position in the world and second in Africa, followed by Algeria in 25, Ghana 38, Cape Verde 42, Tunisia 49, Cameroon 50, Guinea51 and Mali 59 to round up the African top ten.

Nigeria’s World Cup Group F opponents are ranked as follows: Argentina 7, Bosnia-Herzegovina 25 and Iran 37.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 5 June 2014.

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