Nigeria dropped because of the draw against Kenya.
The Eagles failed to make the best use of the points that could have accrued from their World Cup qualifying home match against the Harambee Stars of Kenya where they luckily escaped with a 1-1 draw.
The Kenyans, however, benefited as they moved up 4 places on the ladder to occupy the 34th spot in Africa and 122nd in the world.
As expected, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, who secured an emphatic 3-0 win over Gambia in their own World Cup qualifying match, maintained their rating as Africa’s highest ranked team and even moved a step to 12th spot on the world rankings.
Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Tunisia, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, and Cameroon complete the list of the top ten African team in that order.
The leading trio of Spain, Germany and Argentina remain unchanged. They are now being pursued by Croatia, who have climbed five places to fourth after two World Cup qualifying wins; while tournament host, Brazil, dropped to No 19.
Colombia remains No 6, followed by England and Italy, which both fell three places; and the Netherlands.
A total of 120 “A” international matches have been taken into account for the April edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking; the majority of them qualification matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (83 matches) and for the AFC Challenge Cup (20 matches), the remaining 17 matches being friendlies. The total number of matches taken into account so far this year is 275.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on May 9.
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