Nigeria Retains Position in Latest FIFA Ranking, 7th in Africa

Nigeria’s position in the latest edition of the FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday 14 March, 2014, remain unchanged.

The Super Eagles have accrued 626 points on the world football rating, maintaining the 47th position from the last rankings published in February.

Coach Stephen Keshi’s side played a goalless draw with Mexico at the Georgia Dome Stadium in Atlanta, USA, on March 5 and still have three games against Scotland, Greece and the USA before this summer World Cup in Brazil- starting on June 12.

Ogenyi Onazi Tackles Mexican Player During the Match 5th Friendly in Atlanta.
Ogenyi Onazi Tackles Mexican Player During the Match 5th Friendly in Atlanta.

The top five teams remain unchanged from last month; Spain are still ranked first in the world almost 200 points ahead of second-placed Germany.

Cote d’Ivoire still takes pole position in the Caf regional rankings but drop a place to 24th, 20 points ahead of Algeria, who climb up a place and sits in 25th place with 819 points. Africa’s third-placed team, Egypt with 790 points, follows in a descending chronological order in 26th place after climbing up 12 places.

Other teams in the Caf top ten are the Cape Verde Islands (33rd, down 6 places), Ghana (35th, up 2 places), Tunisia (44th, up 1 place), Nigeria (47th, unchanged), Cameroon (50th, down 4 places), Guinea (53rd, up 9 places), and Mali (56th, up 3 places).

Nigeria’s highest ranking position since the creation of the world football’s ladder in 1993 was fifth place in April 1994- the highest ranking achieved by an African football team.

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