Super Eagles celebrating their AFCON triumph
New African Champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria moved up 22 places from 52 to 30th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday February 14, 2013 by the world Football governing body.
By claiming their third title in South Africa, Nigeria attained her best ranking since August 2010 and thus continues her steady return to the summit of football on the continent having also moved up from her previously occupied 10th position to 4th in Africa.
Fourth in Africa
The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire despite exiting the Africa Cup of Nations earlier than expected after failing 2-1 to Nigeria remains Africa’s highest ranked team in 12th place having moved two steps in the February edition. While Ghana and Mali who ended 3rd and 4th in AFCON also rank higher than Nigeria.
The Elephants have not made it into the top ten, where Spain (1st, unchanged) continue to reign supreme ahead of Germany (2nd, unchanged) and Argentina (3rd, unchanged). England (4th, up 2) completes the top four after their home win over Brazil.
The first matches of the latest round of CONCACAF qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil have resulted in improved rankings for nearly all of the teams involved, with Panama (42nd, up 4), Honduras (51st, up 8), Costa Rica (53rd, up 13) and Jamaica (56th, up 2) all making progress once again.