Nigeria Super Eagles have retained her 50th position on the latest ranking released on Thursday by world football governing body, FIFA.
There’s been a sudden turn in the fortunes of the three-time African Champions after the employment of German tactician Gernot Rohr who has marshaled the team in 3 games and winning all against Tanzania, Zambia and Algeria.
The Eagles though have failed to qualify for back to back Africa Cup of Nations, yet are ranked higher than most teams participating at the biennial tournament this year in Gabon and have moved up one step in the latest ranking albeit on the continent after the recent drop of Burkina Faso who were ranked joint 50th with the Eagles in the World rankings last month, but 7th in Africa. Burkina Faso now rank 53rd in the World and 8th in Africa.
Meanwhile, the Teranga Lions of Senegal have overtaken African Champions Cote d’Ivoire as the number one team in Africa.
On the world scene, however, the top 34 positions of the ranking table remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place, respectively.
With the biggest move in terms of both points and rankings, Suriname (128th, up 22) were January’s best performers. Despite their recent improvement, the northern South American team are still some distance from their best-ever position (84th), recorded back in 2008.
The small southern African nation of Swaziland, meanwhile, reached its best-ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (99th, up 1).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 February 2017.
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