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Super Eagles move up in FIFA ranking

15 September 2016, 14:11Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Super Eagles have moved three places up in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday by the world football governing body.

Nigeria moved from 67th place in August to 64th in the global ranking.

The 2013 African champions also moved two places, from 16th to 14th spot in Africa.

However, Ivory Coast displaced Algeria (2nd) to seat on top on the continent, while Ghana slipped badly from second place in August to 5th spot on the current table.

Senegal moved two places up, while Tunisia moved three steps to emerge 3rd and 4th respectively. Congo DR, Egypt, Congo, Mali and Morocco completed the Africa top ten teams.

Also read: Super Eagles unmoved in FIFA ranking

The large number of qualifying fixtures for continental competitions (26 matches) and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (61 matches) over September is reflected in significant movement in the latest edition of the world ranking.

Despite the shifts up and down the ranking, however, Argentina and Belgium remain fixed in first and second places respectively, cementing their positions at the summit of the World Ranking for another month.

Elsewhere in the top five, Germany (3, up 1) and Colombia (4, down 1) traded places while a rejuvenated Brazil, under new coach Tite, moved into joint fourth place thanks largely due to victories against Colombia and Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers.

News24 reported in July that the Super Eagles dropped a distance nine places and ranked 70th in the world for the month of July as against June’s 61st spot.

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