Nigeria rise to 44th in May Fifa World ranking

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Nigeria have moved up one spot to the 44th position in the latest Fifa global rankings released on Thursday.
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The Super Eagles that were ranked 45th in the last Fifa rankings improved with a month to the Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup, despite only their last goalless draw with Mexico in an international friendly back in March.

The reigning African Cup of Nations Champions’ position on the continent remains unchanged as sixth, still behind Cape Varde who was ranked in fifth.

However, in the overall World ranking, Europe still occupies the top three places with has Spain and Germany occupying the first and second positions respectively, while on the third position is Portugal on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Behind the top three are four South American sides in Brazil, (4th, up 2), Colombia (5th, down 1) and fierce rivals Uruguay (6th, down 1) and Argentina (down 1), who share seventh position.

Cote D’Ivoire remains the top-ranked African side static at 21 this month. Egypt unmoved from 24th position in the world and second in Africa. They are followed by Algeria in 25, Ghana 38, Cape Verde 42, Tunisia 49, Cameroon 50, Guinea51 and Mali 59 to round up the African top ten.

Nigeria’s World Cup Group F opponents are ranked thus: Argentina 7, Bosnia-Herzegovina 25 and Iran 37.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 5 June 2014.