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Nigeria not better than South Africa in FIFA World Rankings

Nigeria, drop one place to 52nd worldwide - and seventh in Africa - while Ghana drop fourth to 54th

Nigeria not better than South Africa in FIFA World Rankings

Nigeria, drop one place to 52nd worldwide - and seventh in Africa - while Ghana drop fourth to 54th

16 February 2018 Friday 18:40
Nigeria not better than South Africa in FIFA World Rankings

The Democratic Republic of Congo are Africa's most notable climbers in the February edition of the FIFA World Rankings, while Nigeria drop one place and South Africa climb.

The Congolese, fifth in the rankings released in January, has moved up to third in Africa after climbing four places in the overall standings.

They overtake Morocco and Egypt in the continental standings and move up to 39th in the overall world standings.

Tunisia remains Africa's top team, 23rd in the overall rankings, while Senegal is second in the continent and 27th overall.

Morocco (42nd worldwide) and Egypt (43rd) complete the top five, although the latter drop 13 places in the overall standings and, along with Burkina Faso, are the continent's biggest fallers.

The lowest-ranked of the continent's five World Cup-bound teams, Nigeria, drop one place to 52nd worldwide - and seventh in Africa - while Ghana drop fourth to 54th.

Congo-Brazzaville is the continent's biggest climbers, moving up eight places overall to 88th in the world, with South Africa also climbing one spot to 77th overall.

"The dropping of certain countries on the continent can be attributed both to results in recent friendlies and in the devaluation in the calculation of points linked to CAF's Africa Cup of Nations last year," read a statement on FIFA's website.

ESPN

Updated: 16.02.2018 19:15
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