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FIFA Ranking: Super Eagles Up Three Spots

Super Eagles; FIFA ranking
Posted: Aug 12, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

LagosNigeria national team, the Super Eagles, have moved three places in the August FIFA ranking released on Thursday.

The Super Eagles, who moved up six places up in last month’s rankings to claim the 70th spot following wins over Mali and Luxembourg are now placed 67th in the world and 16th in Africa, as stability reigns in the top 20 position.

Meanwhile, a quiet month of international action resulted in a static ranking among the top 20 countries in the world with Argentina, Belgium, Colombia Germany and Chile remaining unmoved in the top five countries.

Just two international matches, both friendlies, have been played since the July Ranking, meaning that the changes that have taken place are generally minor.

The devaluation of older games has been a factor in many of those, and it has benefited the likes of Costa Rica (21, up 6), Japan (49, up 8), Korea DPR (99, up 18) and Mauritania (104, up 15). The same process has not smiled on Cuba, though, who dropped 30 places to 151st position.

Meanwhile in Africa, Algeria continue to dictate the pace on 32nd in the world. They are followed by Ghana, who leapt one place to overtake Cote d’Ivoire and the Ivoriens now third on the continent and 35th in the world.

Other countries on the top ten in Africa are Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon in that order. The rest are Democratic Republic of Congo and Cape Verde Island respectively.