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Gabon overtake Nigeria in FIFA ranking

Nigeria dropped again in the latest FIFA ranking for the month of September released by the world soccer governing body on Wednesday.The Super Eagles slid four places from the 30th position in August to 34th in the latest ranking.

The ranking showed that Nigeria is fifth in Africa behind Egypt, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon respectively.

The Eagles’ 1-2 loss to Korea Republic in last month’s international friendly may have been taken into account in the latest ranking.

Egypt, Africa’s number one, remained in ninth position in the world. Ghana’sBlack Stars, the only African team which qualified for the World Cup quarter finals two months ago, moved up three places from 23rd to 20th in the latest ranking.

The Ghanaians are second in Africa and Cote d’Ivoire, the continent’s number three, moved up three places from 26th position last month to 23rd in the latest world ranking.
Gabon gained three places, moving from 34th in August to 31st in the September ranking.
Following Nigeria closely is Algeria in 35th place.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions moved up three places from 40th position last month to 37th in the latest ranking, while Burkina Faso is the last African country ranked among the top 50 in the world.
The Burkinabes gained six places from 45 in August to 39th in September.

There was little change at the top with world champions, Spain, retaining the first position, followed by the Netherlands in second place.

Germany, third place finishers at the World Cup in South Africa, remain third in the ranking, while Brazil is fourth, Argentina fifth and England sixth.

Uruguay, which finished fourth in the World Cup, is seventh, followed by Portugal in number eight and the Pharaohs of Egypt are ninth. Chile is ranked tenth.


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