​FIFA Rank​ings: Super Eagles end year in 4​3rd spot​

The latest edition of the monthly FIFA rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing body
​h​as ranked the Super Eagles 4​3rd best national football team.

The Nigeria national team, who are yet to get over their failure to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Afcon, in Equatorial Guinea have equally lost ground on the continent.

The Eagles are now ranked
​9th in Africa even as their dethronement at the next Afcon tournament, which kicks off next month in the Equatorial Guinea, looms.

With little or no activity in the period under review, the Desert Foxes of Algeria remains the highest world-ranked African team in 18th place and are followed by fellow North Africans, Tunisia in the 22nd spot.

Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ghana, Guinea, Cape Verde Islands, Cameroon, Nigeria and Zambia complete the list of the top ten teams in Africa.

Also, there was no change in the top 20 teams in the world; hence, Germany is still the highest ranked country in the world.

It is only the second time since 1993 that the Germans have finished a year on top and they were greatly helped with the massive points amassed en-route winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In its statistical breakdown, FIFA revealed that a total of 834 matches were taken into consideration in the course of the year.

More than half of those games were friendlies -468, plus 302 qualifiers for continental final competitions and 64 World Cup contests.

As announced, the next FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking, the first for the New Year, will be published on January 8, 2015 with very slim hopes of Nigeria moving higher in the rankings.


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