Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Thursday moved up by three spots to place 64th in the world in the September edition of FIFA ranking released by world’s football governing body Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
In the FIFA ranking table on the body’s official website, the Super Eagles garnered 534 points as against 513 it had in August when it was placed at the 67th position.
The 2013 African champions also moved two places, from 16th to take 14th spot in Africa.
Ivory Coast, however, displaced Algeria (2nd) to seat on top on the continent, while Ghana slipped badly from second place in August to 5th spot on the current table.
Senegal moved two places up, while Tunisia moved three steps to emerge 3rd and 4th respectively. Congo DR, Egypt, Congo, Mali and Morocco completed the Africa top ten teams.
Argentina and Belgium maintained first and second place, respectively, cementing their positions at the summit of the world ranking for another month.
The large number of qualifying fixtures for continental competitions (26 matches) and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (61 matches) over September is reflected in significant movement in this month’s edition of the ranking.
Among the top five are Germany, Colombia and rejuvenated Brazil, under a new coach,Tite, moving into joint fourth place thanks largely due to victories against Colombia and Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers.
A total of 126 international A-matches were played over the past few weeks, bringing the total number of games so far in 2016 to 632.
This is what the top ten chart looks like
Top 10 – Men’s
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