Super Eagles of Nigeria, have moved a place up to take the 50th spot in the first FIFA football ranking for the year. The Gernot Rohr-led Eagles which had finished in the 51st position at the end of 2016, moved a step upward on the latest table to take 50th spot in the world and the 7th best-playing nation in Africa.
Nigeria now has a total of 619 points as against the 616 in their last ranking. The Nigerian Super Eagles best placing in the FIFA rankings so far was fifth, a position attained in 1994 following an impressive display of winning the Africa Cup of Nations and their debut World Cup appearance that year in the United States.
Senegal, with a total of 743 points, remains the highest ranked African national team closely trailed by Cote D’ivoire in second place. The Senegalese, however, is ranked 33 in the world, above Cup of Nations title holders, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire which are 34th on the ranking table.
The Pharaohs of Egypt are third in the continent and 35th in the world, while Tunisia dropped to the fourth spot and are ranked 36th in the world. Desert Foxes of Algeria and Congo DR on the other hand, are ranked in fifth and sixth respectively.
On the global scene, there are however no changes in the world’s top ten teams as the top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place, respectively.
All the countries, except Nigeria are already in Gabon to challenge for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, which will begin tomorrow, January 14th and end on February 5.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on February 9, 2017.