Super Eagles continue downward slide, drop to 47th in world rankings

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The Eagles dropped to 8th in Africa

Nigeria has dropped six places to 47th spot in the latest rankings released by the world football governing body, FIFA.

The drop occurs despite FIFA upgrading the last African Nations Championship, CHAN, to a grade A status and the home based Eagles doing fairly well, finishing third.

The fortunes of Nigeria amongst African teams also diminished as the 2013 AfCON Champions is now eighth on the continent.

Cot d’Ivoire maintained her rating as Africa’s top team occupying 23rd spot in the world while Algeria and Cape Verde are surprisingly Africa’s second and third overall best teams, according to FIFA.

Ghana, Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso complete the roster of Africa’s top ten teams.

Forty-two international ‘A’ matches were taken into account for the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – 40 of which were friendlies.

Spain, Germany and Argentina retained first, second and third places respectively, while Switzerland moved two spots up to 6th place and leapfrogged Uruguay now in 7th place. Italy has also gone one place down to 8th spot.

Meanwhile Portugal (4th, up 1) swapped spots with Colombia (5th, down 1). Brazil (9th, up 1) did the same with the Netherlands (10th, down 1).

In total, 55 internationals have been taken into account so far this year.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on March 13.