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Nigeria rises up one spots in FIFA ranking – 62nd; 11th in Africa


Nigeria moved a one spot to 62nd place in the latest ranking released by the world football ruling body – The Fédération Internationale de Football Association [FIFA], but remains eleventh in Africa.

In February, Nigeria moved three places to 63rd position, notwithstanding an unforeseen premature exit from the 2016 African Nations Championship.

They are ranked behind the continent’s best hands – Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal, Egypt, Congo DR, Congo and Cameroon.

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.  

Super Eagles’ opponent in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Egypt, moved two places up to rank 53rdd on the global scene and seventh in Africa.

Likely opposition in the second round of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, Swaziland and Djibouti are placed 124th and 204th respectively in the world.

While no team reached its best ever position in the March ranking, a few teams successfully held onto their best ever positions, namely: Belgium (1), Chile (5), Austria (10), Hungary (19) and Kyrgyzstan (105).

The next ranking will be published on 7 April 2016.

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