FIFA Rankings: Nigeria retains 4th position in Africa

Author: Beatrice Laryea

Nigeria retained her fourth position in Africa in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking but dropped two places from the previous 44th position in the world.

The Super Eagles also retained their 1,427 points from the previous list in December.

In Africa, Senegal topped the list (24th) followed by Tunisia (28th), Morocco (43th) Nigeria, (46th), Congo DR (51th) Ghana (52th), Cameroon(56th), Egypt (57th), Burkina Faso (62th) and Mali (65th).

The list which was released on Thursday, February 6, also saw Asian champions, Qatar climb to 55th position in the world, gaining 38 places and reaching their best position since 1993.

According to a statement from FIFA, the Asian Cup has been responsible for the notable changes in the rankings, with the scarcity of games in other confederations leaving the top 20 unchanged.

Further down the table, Qatar is not the only team to have ascended in spectacular style as fellow finalists, Japan (27th, up 23) have also soared up the order, while Korea Republic (38th, up 15), United Arab Emirates (67th, up 12) and Jordan (97th, up 12), all registered double-digit gains.

There were also significant upward moves by the likes of Iraq (80th, up 8), Iran (22nd, up 7) and Uzbekistan (89th, up 6).

The next rankings will be published on April 4.