Super Eagles Move to 62nd in FIFA Rankings

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Nigeria moved one place in the latest FIFA ranking for March as the team is ranked 62nd in the world and eleventh in Africa.

The team failed to progress to the knockout stages of the 2016 Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda, despite defeating Niger 4 – 1, drawing 1 – 1 against Tunisia before losing 1 -0 to Guinea.

The Super Eagles’ opponent in next month’s African Cup of Nations qualifier, Egypt, moved two places up to rank 53rd on the global scene and seventh in Africa.

Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal, Egypt, Congo DR, Congo and Cameroon are the most ranked teams in Africa, leaving the three-time champions a mountain to climb in order to catch up with these countries.

Besides, considering the fact that the rankings will determine which teams will be seeded for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Nigeria must make a drastic move in order to avoid teams like Ivory Coast, Algeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Egypt before June.

At the table’s summit, Belgium continue to dominate, while Argentina, Spain, Germany and Chile stay closely pressed to be the leaders. Four-time world champions Italy (14, plus 1) meanwhile, recorded the only positive movement in the top 20 this month.

There were no shifts in the regional composition of the Top 50 for March and the distribution of the top 50 remains: UEFA (31), CONMEBOL (8), CAF (6), CONCACAF (4), AFC (1) and OFC (0).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on April 7, 2016.