Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up five places to 52nd spot in the December ranking made public today by the world football governing body, FIFA.
Nigeria, who were ranked 57th last month, however maintain her 10th position in the Africa ranking, with Burundi making the highest leap of 24 places to place 104th in the world and 27th in Africa.
The Stephen Keshi-tutored team’s improvement on the monthly ranking would not come as a suprise to followers of the game. The Eagles recorded 3-1 victory over South American nation Venezuela on 15 November, 2012.
The match that was played in Miami, Florida in United States of America fell within the month under review.
Cote d’Ivoire still sit on top of the African ranking, as the nation moves a step to 14th in the world, while Algeria is Africa’s second best team and 19th in the world.
Mali maintains her third position in the Africa ranking, but the west African nation is now ranked 25th in the world, as they move three places from 28th in the November ranking.
The top ten teams on the world ranking remain unchanged as Spain will finish the year at the summit for the fifth time in succession, followed by Germany, Argentina and Italy.
The ‘Mover of the Year’ goes to Colombia for the second time since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was introduced in 1993. Los Cafeteros finished 2011 in 36th, but thanks to six wins, one draw and only one defeat to end 2012 as the 5th best team in the world.