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FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles ranks third in Africa

Nigeria has moved up in the latest FIFA rankings, now third in Africa and 32nd in the world.

The Super Eagles were knocked out at round-16 in the recently concluded 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but the ranking is in their favour with a wonderful group stage finish.

They moved up from 5th to 3rd best team in Africa behind Senegal and Morocco at 1st and 2nd respectively. Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon, Algeria, Mali, and the Ivory Coast make the top ten in Africa.

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Nigeria also moved from 36th to 32nd in the world rankings with Senegal at 18th and Morocco at 24th. Egypt sits at 34th, Tunisia at 36th and Cameroon at 38th.

AFCON 2018 champions Algeria slipped down in rankings to 43rd in the world, while other African countries holds: Burkina Faso in 56th, Ghana in 61st, Congo DR in 66th, South Africa in 68th, and Cape Verde occupy the 73rd position.

Leading in the world rankings is Belgium at the 1st spot, Brazil, France, Argentina, England, and Italy sitting at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th.

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FIFA said the new ranking method named “SUM” relied on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals, rather than averaging game points over a given time, as in the previous version of the world ranking.

“The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking,” the world football governing body said.