By John Egbokhan
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped two places in the latest FIFA Ranking, which has Spain remaining the best ranked side in the World and the Netherlands coming second, followed by Germany in third and Brazil in fourth position.
According to the list released Wednesday in Zurich, Nigeria, who were ranked 41st in the June ranking, were only able to scoop 636 points to now stay in the 43rd position, while Cote d ‘Ivoire are the highest ranked African team on the table, sitting pretty in the 14th position. Egypt, who are placed 34th, are the second best ranked team from the continent with 735 points.
Nigeria’s next opponent in an international fixture on August 9 in Warford, Ghana, have also dropped three places in the July edition of the ranking. The Black Stars after slipping in the previous ranking, now occupy the 36th spot on the log after an impressive seven-month on the high which ended last month due to the devaluation of points.
Ghana lost a significant 39 points which also affected the team’s placing on the continental table.
Fifa says a total of 88 matches were taken into account for the July edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, almost a third of which were part of this year’s Copa America, which therefore had a considerable impact on this month’s positions. Copa America champions, Uruguay are in the fifth position, thanks to their heroics at the tournament which ended weekend in Argentina.
The next release date of the monthly ranking is on August 24.
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Africa’s Top 10
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