Despite a relatively uninspiring run at the 27th Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeriaâ€™s senior national team, The Green Eagles climbed seven steps up to the 15th position in the latest FIFA ranking.
By this development, the Eagles are now ranked second in Africa, behind seven-time African champions, Egypt who jumped 14 places to the tenth in the world.
This is not only Egyptâ€™s highest-ever position in the ranking, but also the second-highest of any African team since the introduction of the ranking.
They have only been bettered by Nigeria, who reached fifth place in April 1994. Other African teams also benefitted from their performances in Angola. In the upper echelons of the ranking, semi-finalists Nigeria (15th, up 7) and finalists Ghana (27th, up 7) made considerable strides. Further down the ranking, Zambia (73rd, up 11) and Malawi (82nd, up 17) also made good progress.
A total of 82 international â€œAâ€ matches were taken into account for this edition of the ranking, 15 of which were played in 2009 (total of 849 â€œAâ€ matches played in 2009). In addition to the 29 matches play
Since its introduction in August 1993, the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has become a regular part of international sports reports and an important indicator for FIFAâ€™s member associations to find out where their respective teams stand in world footballâ€™s pecking order and how they are progressing.
The Africa Cup of Nations has had a major impact on the first FIFA/Coca_Cola World Ranking of the year. While Spain continue to occupy top spot ahead of Brazil and the Netherlands, Egypt managed to climb 14 places to tenth place after they successfully defended their title at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.