Nigeria Dips Further In FIFA Ranking

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have again dropped in the latest FIFA Ranking released on Thursday, 16 January, 2014.
From the Ranking, Nigeria dropped four places from 37th to 41st position in the World with 701 points, and also dropped to the seventh position in Africa behind Egypt, Cape Verde Islands and Mali who are fourth, fifth and sixth respectively on the table.
Cote d’ivoire and Ghana’s Black Stars retained their first and second positions respectively on the continent, while Algeria are third. Egypt jumped 10 places to claim the 31st spot in the World, and fourth position in Africa.
However, there have been very few changes to the first edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in 2014, with football having come to a halt in many places over the New Year period.
Only 18 friendlies have been included since December’s edition, five of which took place in 2013, with the remaining 13 in the first half of January 2014.
There was no movement whatsoever in the top 25, with Spain still holding a comfortable lead over Germany and Argentina.
Saudi Arabia (73rd, up 14) and Egypt (31st, up 10) have made the biggest climbs, both benefiting from the devaluation of older matches. Five other teams have managed to move up at least five places: South Africa (54th, up 8), United Arab Emirates (63rd, up 8), Belize (152nd, up 7), Oman (79th, up 6) and Mali (40th, up 5).

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