In the latest FIFA ranking for February which was announced on Thursday, Nigeria ranked 11th as Africa’s best team and rose up one spot to 62nd place in the world rankings. Cape Verde snatched the top spot from Cote d’Ivoire as Africa’s no. 1.
In February’s ratings, the Super Eagles moved to the 62nd from their January 63rd spot despite their early exit from the 2016 African Nations Championship.
One the continent, they are ranked behind Africa’s best team Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal, Egypt, Congo DR, Congo and Cameroon respectively, with four points gained, from 543 to 547.
Egypt, Super Eagles’ opponent in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, ranked seventh in Africa and moved two places up to rank 53rd on the global scene.
The Super Eagles face the Pharaohs in the AFCON qualifiers, first in Kaduna on 25 March and in Alexandria on 29 March. Egypt top Group G with six points, while Nigeria have four. Both have played two matches against the same opponents: Chad and Tanzania.
Cape Verde moved two places up to number 31 in the world, while reigning African kings Cote d’Ivoire dived eight places to place 36th.
Belgium continues to occupy the number one position, while Argentina and Spain are second and third respectively.
A few teams however, successfully held onto their best ever positions, namely: Belgium (1), Chile (5), Austria (10), Hungary (19) and Kyrgyzstan (105).
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See the top 10 in the latest FIFA world rankings:
Top 10 in the latest CAF rankings:
1. Cape Verde Islands with 789 (789.38) points
2. Cote d’Ivoire with 744 (743.830) points
3. Algeria with 743 (742.56) points
4. Ghana with 656 (655.91) points
5. Tunisia with 609 (609.22) points
6. Senegal with 603 (603.48) points
7. Egypt with 589 (589.29) points
8.Congo DR with 565 (565) points
9.Congo with 564 (563.93) points
10. Cameroon with 511 (550.86) points
*11. Nigeria with 547 (546.82) points