Fifa World Rankings: Nigeria Drop One Place To 52nd

remain seventh in Africa

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Nigeria have dropped to 52nd in February’s Fifa world rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing body.

According to the ranking on FIFA’s official website, the Super Eagles who were 51st in January dropped 45 points to end February ranking with 606 points from 651 points.

On the continent, however, Nigeria remain seventh in Africa, while Tunisia moved from second position to number spot.

Senegal dropped from top to second positions in Africa and 23rd and 27th spots in the world respectively.

Congo DR moved from fourth to third position on the continent, CHAN champion, Morocco moved from fifth to fourth position, while Egypt dropped from third to fifth spot on the continent.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup opponent, Iceland have climbed to an all-time high position of 18th.

The rise of Icelanders (18th,up two places) according to FIFA is one of the more notable changes in a February table left largely unaltered by a quiet period of international action.

Just 34 international friendlies, 28 of which were in Africa, came into the equation, resulting in a static top 15.

On the global scene, World champions Germany remain top of the rankings.

Olympic champions Brazil are second in the rankings with European title-holders Portugal third.

Mexico are the top north and central American team in 17th, while 33rd-ranked Iran are leading in Asia.

World Cup hosts Russia, who have been playing only friendlies for the last two years, are 61st.

The top 10 is dominated by Europe with seven teams, while South America provides the other three.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 15 March 2018.

1. Germany

2. Brazil

3. Portugal

4. Argentina

5. Belgium

6. Spain

7. Poland

8. Switzerland

9. France

10. Chile

Selected others

14. Italy

16. England

17. Mexico

18. Iceland (+2)

23. Tunisia

33. Iran (+1)

There was some significant movement further down the order, though, with Venezuela (48th, up 4).

Hungary (49th, up 5) and Jamaica (50th, up 5) all entering the top 50 at the expense of Cameroon (51st, down 6), Ghana (54th, down 4), and Burkina Faso (57th, down 13).

Those losses by the African trio, and others in the continent, can be attributed both to results in the recent friendlies and to the devaluation of last year’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations in calculating points tallies.

But there were gains as well as losses for sides in the Mother Continent, with Congo (88th, up 8) and Sudan (118th, up 6) among the biggest climbers.

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