FIFA Ranking: Nigeria, Eighth in Africa

The Super Eagles of Nigeria moved down six places to 47th in the February edition of the Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

The 28 matches played during the third edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa were part of the 40 international friendlies considered for the current placements of national teams on the world football ladder.

Nigeria moved down to eighth as Cape Verde climbed up by eight places to sit third ahead of Ghana, Egypt, Tunisia and Cameroon on the Caf zonal ranking. Cote D’Ivoire remain the highest-ranked team in the continent, followed by Algeria- both nations who were not at CHAN 2014.

Ejike Uzoenyi, One of the Four Nigerians Named in the Team of the 2014 CHAN Tournament.
Ejike Uzoenyi, One of the Four Nigerians Named in the Team of the 2014 CHAN Tournament.

Mali, who lost out of the group stage of the just concluded CHAN tournament, moved down by 19 places to sit ninth in Africa and 59th in the world while Togo is the other rated biggest faller having skidded to by the same margin- 21st in Africa and 90 in the world.

The Eagles of Mali’s ouster deep on Fifa rating at the expense of Paraguay (49th, up 2) brought the numbers of African teams in the Top 50 to eight.

February’s Fifa/ Cocacola Ranking (Caf Zone)

23, 1 Côte d’Ivoire

26, 2 Algeria

27, 3 Cape Verde Islands

37, 4 Ghana

38, 5 Egypt

45, 6 Tunisia

46, 7 Cameroon

47, 8 Nigeria

59, 9 Mali

62, 10 Burkina Faso

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