Eagles maintain position in world, Africa ranking

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By Monica Iheakam 

Super Eagles have maintained their position in Africa and the world  in the latest FIFA ranking released yesterday by the world football governing body.

The duo of South American heavy weights,  Argentina and Brazil also stood firm at the zenith of the FIFA Coca-Cola World ranking.

According to the ranking,  Eagles  retained their 41st spot globally and 7th in the African continent.

With only four ‘A’ international games considered for the March edition there are few changes in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

World Cup champions, Germany occupied the third position behind Argentina and Brazil who are first and second respectively.

The top 20 are unchanged from February except for two notable exceptions. Poland (12, plus 2) reached their best ever world ranking, joining Wales in joint 12th position for March.

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Nigeria’s  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying opponents  and reigning African champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon moved up one spot from 33rd to 32nd.

On the continent, the five-time AFCON winners are now third behind Egypt and Senegal.

Eagles  two other World Cup qualifying group opponents, Algeria and Zambia are currently 50th and 90th respectively.

An honourable mention goes to Burkina Faso (36, plus 2) who, like Poland, reached their best ever position in the Ranking.

Algeria retained their position, Zambia moved up one spot.

Their 2019 AFCON qualifying foes; South Africa, Seychelles and Libya also didn’t make any significant change in the latest ranking.

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South Africa and Libya maintained their 62nd and 92nd positions respectively, while Seychelles dropped to 187.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 6 April 2017.

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