FIFA rankings: Nigeria 5th in Africa, 40th place in the world

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[FIFA]–The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved two place up in Africa and one place up in the World, in the new released FIFA rankings as against the 7th and 41st positions occupied respectively. 

Nigeria now ranks 5th in Africa  and 40th in the world .

The only game the Nigeria’s Super Eagles had  played after last month’s rankings was against Senegal which ended in a 1-1 draw. The game against Burkina-Faso was called off.

Meanwhile, Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years usurping great rivals Argentina.

Last week Brazil became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their latest step on the road to redemption after the embarrassing outing at the World Cup 2014 on their home soil.

Brazil were dumped off top spot after their elimination from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and had not recovered until now.

Their new surge is in contrast to Argentina and Neymar’s Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, whose country are in danger of missing out on next year’s World Cup.

They will not be able to call on their star man for three of their four remaining qualification matches because of suspension.

Third in the newly released rankings is the current world champion, Germany, followed by Chile and Colombia.

Switzerland entered the top 10, up to ninth, with former number ones Spain clinging on in 10th.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking would be released on May 4, 2017.

Top 10 in Africa

1. Egypt

2. Senegal

3. Cameroon

4. Burkina Faso

5. Nigeria

6. Congo DR

7. Tunisia

8. Ghana

9. Cóte d’Ivoire

10. Morocco

Top 10 in World

1. Brazil

2. Argentina

3. Germany

4. Chile

5. Colombia

6. France

7. Belgium

8. Portugal

9. Switzerland

10. Spain

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