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.
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