Eagles Maintain 30th Position In FIFA Rankings

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Despite winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations, AFCON in South Africa, the Super Eagles didn’t move a step upward as they maintained their previous 30th position in the FIFA/COCA World Ranking released early today.

Football pundits had expected a rise for the reigning African champions but they remained static with 775 points on the world ranking and also maintained their fourth position on the African continent behind Cote D’Ivoire, who they defeated in the semi-final of the AFCON. The Ivorians have 1022 points and are 13th on the world ranking.

Ghana, who finished fourth at the AFCON are second in Africa with 883 points and occupy 20th position in the world, while Mali, who came third at the AFCON moved up a place and are now third with 815 points and 24th in the world.

There were also no movements in the top six of the world ranking, as reigning world and European champions, Spain remained unshaken as they maintained their top spot with 1610 points, Germany are second with 1473 points. In the third position are Argentina with 1309 points.England are fourth with 1174 points. Italy are fifth with 1173 points, while Columbia occupy the sixth position with 1159 points.

Monthly Africa football rankings released Thursday by FIFA (Africa ranking, world ranking):

Ivory Coast 1 13

Ghana 2 20

Mali 3 24

Nigeria 4 30

Algeria 5 34

Zambia 6 36

Tunisia 7 44

Burkina Faso 8 50

Central African Republic 9 52

Cape Verde Islands 10 57

South Africa 11 60

Sierra Leone 12 63

Libya 13 65

Togo 14 67

Guinea 15 72

Egypt 16 75

Gabon 17 75

Morocco 18 77

Cameroon 19 79

Democratic Republic of Congo 20 81

Senegal 21 82

Uganda 22 85

Benin 23 86

Niger 24 93

Angola 25 95

Zimbabwe 26 100

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Congo Brazzaville 27 101

Equatorial Guinea 28 104

Mozambique 29 107

Malawi 30 111

Ethiopia 31 112

Liberia 32 118

Tanzania 33 119

Namibia 34 121

Botswana 35 122

Burundi 36 124

Kenya 37 126

Sudan 38 127

Rwanda 39 132

Gambia 40 144

Sao Tome e Principe 41 156

Chad 42 162

Lesotho 43 166

Mauritania 44 172

Guinea-Bissau 45 183

Swaziland 46 183

Madagascar 47 188

Mauritius 48 189

Comoros Islands 49 192

Eritrea 50 197

Seychelles 51 198

South Sudan 52 200

Somalia 53 203

Djibouti 54 204

Next rankings: April 11

—Adebobola Alawode