Nigeria has moved up six places from 67th to the 61st position in the latest FIFA world ranking released on Thursday,June 2. The Super Eagles’ points hauled to 559 from 540 last month.
The new gain is coming after Nigeria made two victories in the international friendly matches played in the last one week. Only last Friday, the Eagles beat Mali 1-0 in a match played in France, while they defeated Luxembourg 3-1 in another match decided on Tuesday.
The three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners has also emerged the 12th on the African continent behind Algeria (first in Africa, 32nd in the world) Cote d’ivoire (36th in the world) Ghana (37th in the world) and Egypt (45th in the world).
Senegal (41st), Tunisia (47th), Cape Verde Islands (49th), Congo DR (52nd) Guniea (55th), Cameroon (58th) and Congo (60th) completed the Top 11 on the African continent.
Argentina maintained the number one spot in the world, followed by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile who occupy second, third, fourth and fifth places respectively. Other countries in the top 10 are Spain in sixth, Brazil in seventh, Portugal in eighth, Uruguay in ninth and Austria in 10th.
Forty five international friendlies were included in calculating the latest ranking, along with four 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches for the OFC region. Leading the changes were Colombia (3, plus 1) and Germany (4, plus 1) who leapfrogged Chile (5, minus 2) to reshuffle the order of the top five teams slightly.
This month’s top movers were Slovakia and Madagascar. The Europeans climbed eight positions to take 24th place, while the island nation located off Africa’s southeast coast climbed 29 positions into 108. The regional composition of the Top 50 this month is: UEFA (29), CONMEBOL (8), CAF (7), CONCACAF (4) AFC (2), OFC (0).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 14 July 2016.