Friday, 7 June 2013

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria Drop to 31st

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost their place in the top 30 in the new rankings released by FIFA Thursday morning in Zurich, Switzerland.
Although the team picked an impressive 2-2 score line against Mexico in an international friendly match played in USA on the last day of the latest ranking, Nigeria dropped three spots to finish in 31st place.
The Super Eagles had finished in 28th position in May.
Nigeria started the year in 52nd spot and moved to 30th in February after the Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa last February. Eagles fell to 31st place in April but rose to 28th in May and have now dropped again.
The African champions played out a 2-2 draw with Mexico on May 31 in an international friendly in Houston, Texas before last Wednesday’s victory over Kenya in a competitive 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The victory is expected to impact on the next release in July.
They will also play against Namibia next week as well as feature in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Cote d’Ivoire remains the highest ranked African team in 13th place, a spot lower than last month’s. They are followed by Ghana who gained one place in 21st position while Mali also gained three places to finish in 23rd position. The top team in the world is Spain.

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