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Thursday, October 20, 2011

FIFA Rankings: Eagles fall out of reckoning


Nigeria continued with its free fall on the FIFA world rankings. The latest release had the Eagles dropping from 43 to 44.
In August, Nigeria was ranked 38 and has steadily lost ground after a series of bad results.
Cote ‘d Ivoire dropped three places in the world rankings, but they maintained their place as Africa’s highest-ranked team. The Ivoriens are now positioned on 16 down from 13 they previously occupied in the September rankings.
Cote’d Ivoire and Egypt are the only African countries in the top 30 world rankings.
Egypt are placed 29th in the FIFA rankings and Number 2 on the continent. Ghana remained at 33 and third in African. Algeria placed 35th and Senegal at 42nd make up the African top five.
Nigeria is paying for the sin of not qualifying for the Cup of Africa Nations by drawing 2-2 with Guinea in Abuja.
The Pharaohs kept their second place by moving seven rungs up thanks to their 3-0 thrashing of Niger in their Nations Cup qualifier last month.
The Black Stars’ 2-0 away win over Sudan helped them to move up four places up and to occupy 33rd position in the global ranking.
World Cup winners Spain retained the top spot on the global rankings.
FIFA World
Rankings
1. Spain
2. Netherlands    3.Germany
4. Uruguay
5.  Brazil
6.  Italy
7.  England
8.  Greece/ Portugal
10.    Argentina/ Denmark
African
Rankings
(Global ranking in brackets):
1. Ivory Coast (19)
2. Egypt (29)
3. Ghana (33)
4. Algeria(35)
5. Senegal (42)
6. Nigeria (44)
7. Cameroon (47)
8. South Africa (49)
9. Burkina Faso (54)
10. Morocco (56)