FIFA Ranking: Super Eagles Back To 50th In The World; Seventh In Africa

By Ikenga Chronicles January 13, 2017
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have now returned to the top 50 in the latest ranking released by the world football governing body, FIFA for the first time in recent years.
After ending 2016 at 51st position, Eagles moved a step upward on the first ranking of the year with a  total of 619 points as against the 616 in their last ranking.
On the continent, Nigeria moved up to the seventh position against their eighth place position in December 2016.
Recall that Nigeria’s best placing in the FIFA rankings was fifth, a position attained in 1994 following an impressive display of winning the Africa Cup of Nations and their debut World Cup appearance that year in the United States.
However, Senegal, tops Africa with a total of 743 points, and  ranked 33 in the world, above Cup of Nations titleholders, Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire (34), Egypt (35), Tunisia (36), Algeria (39), Congo DR (49) and Nigeria (50) in the latest rankings.
The Super Eagles and their counterparts from Saudi Arabia were two new teams to have broken into the top 50 in the latest FIFA ranking. Saudi Arabia (48th, up 6), and Nigeria (50th, up 1) move up at the expense of Albania (51st, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53rd, down 3).
The top 34 positions of the ranking table remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has been drawn alongside South Africa, Libya and  Seyche‎lles for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers.
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