The Super Eagles ended 2012 on the FIFA Rankings on a high after moving five steps to finish the year on the 52nd spot in the December edition of the monthly rankings released on Wednesday.
The upward swing did not however improve the Eagles ratings amongst African teams as the two-time Africa champions remain rooted in the tenth place on the continent.
The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire are the highest ranked African team going into next month Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Algeria, Mali, Ghana, Zambia, Egypt Gabon Tunisia, Central Africa Republic and Nigeria complete the roster of the top ten teams in Africa.
With the December rankings still having Spain at the summit, the La Fura Roja will finish the year at the summit for the fifth time in succession – an achievement which earns them the ‘Team of the Year’ title – followed by Germany, Argentina and Italy (4th, up 1), reports futaa.com.
The results of 143 internationals have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
In total in 2012, the results of 900 matches have been taken into account, more than half of which were friendlies (465, 52 per cent) and more than a quarter of which were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (257, 29 cent).