FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles move up one spot up

The gradual upward movement of the Super Eagles on the monthly FIFA rankings continued on Thursday as the Nigerian national team moved a step to the 41st spot in the March edition released by the world football governing body.

The Super Eagles however stayed rooted on the 7th spot on the African continent as the Desert Foxes of Algeria remains the highest ranked team in Africa, while Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal and Cape Verde are the other countries ranked above Nigeria.

As stated by FIFA, seven friendlies were played since the last edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, five of them in the North, Central America and Caribbean zone. The world football governing body also explained that the majority of changes in the March edition of the rankings are as a direct result of a devaluation of past results.

World champions Germany are still the number one team in the world ahead of Argentina and Colombia. The first move on the global ladder concerns Italy, which climbed two positions at the expense of Spain (11th, down 1) to enter the top ten for the first time since June 2014.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 April 2015 and there are expectations that the Super Eagles can continue their upward swing if they perform well and garner more points from the double friendly games against Bolivia and South Africa coming up later this month.

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