Nigeria Moves from 60 to 50th on FIFA Ranking

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-25)

Abiodun Jimoh

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has rated the Super Eagles of Nigeria as 50th in world ranking of national teams moving up 10 places from 60th.

The latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday rated Nigeria as 50th with Burkina Faso who also enjoyed a massive improvement, moving up 17 places with Nigeria’s points haul also improved from 562 to 616 in the month under review.

The Eagles’ brilliant rise in the rankings is not unconnected to their recent impressive results in Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers following wins against Zambia (2-1) and Algeria (3-1).

On the continent, the Eagles are currently sixth (joint with Burkina Faso) after being out of the top 10 for a long time, while Senegal are Africa’s number one team and are 33rd in the world.

Cameroon, who are the Eagles next opponent in the World Cup qualifiers, dropped six places from 59th to 65th position, Algeria dropped three places from 35th to 38th, while Zambia moved up from 94th to 91st.

Meanwhile, Argentina maintained their number one spot in the world with Brazil moving one spot to second, with world champions Germany in third spot after dropped one spot, Chile are fourth and Belgium are in fifth position.

Colombia, France, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain occupy the sixth, seventh, eight, ninth and 10th spots respectively.

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