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Super Eagles rise six places in FIFA ranking

02 June 2016, 14:03Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Super Eagles have moved up six places, from 67 to 61, in the June ranking released by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

Nigeria also moved up two places in Africa, now sitting on the 12th spot.

The Super Eagles beat Mali 1-0 and went on to defeat Luxemburg 3-1 in two international friendly games held on May 27 and 31 respectively.

News24 reported that in May, Nigeria maintained their 57th position in the world.

In the June ranking, Algeria stayed put at the top spot on the continent, and so did Ivory Coast and Ghana in the top three places.

Also read: Super Eagles sink deeper in FIFA ranking

Argentina and Belgium held onto first and second place respectively on the latest FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking, while a flurry of international matches – largely among European teams focused on their final preparations for the UEFA EURO 2016 taking place from 10 June to 10 July – resulted in a number of shifts in the top 50 this month.

45 international friendlies were included in calculating the latest ranking, along with four 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches for the OFC region. Leading the changes were Colombia (3, plus 1) and Germany (4, plus 1) who leapfrogged Chile (5, minus 2) to reshuffle the order of the top five teams slightly.

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