Nigeria Super Eagles have moved up one place ahead in the monthly FIFA ranking despite not participating in grade A games last month. The Super Eagles are now ranked 42nd in the world and 7th in Africa after accumulating 664 points .
Nigeria missed out on the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, failing to defend their title and also not being able to garner points accrual from the tournament.
However, Nigeria’s homebased Eagles played two friendly matches last month in Dubai, losing 1-0 to Ivory Coast and beating Yemen 2-0, with the matches aimed at making up for the team’s inactivity in January.
Meanwhile, the top three teams in Africa remained unchanged: Algeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana in that order.
Ghana by virtue of reaching the finals of the Nations Cup tournament moved twelve places in the overall world rankings to 25th position. While Ivory Coast who won the 2015 Nations Cup title are now 20th in the world.
Despite crashing out in the quarterfinals, Algeria is still the highest ranked African team in 18th position.
Equatorial Guinea who finished fourth at the 2015 African football showpiece are the highest movers after climbing 69 places up the ladder to the 49th position in the world.
There is no change in the top seven positions, with Germany, Argentina and Colombia still the top three teams in the world. [myad]