New FIFA Rankings: World Top 20/Top 20 in Africa

Elderson Nigeria have moved five places up from 57th to 52nd in the latest FIFA rankings released Wednesday.

The Super Eagles are however still number 10 in the Africa rankings.

Cote d’Ivoire are still Africa’s top ranked football nation on 14th spot in the world.

The Eagles five places leap follows last month’s 3-1 win over Venezuela in a friendly in Miami.

Spain retained top spot with Colombia, Germany, Argentina completing the top four.

A total of 143 international matches were taken into account for this edition of the ranking.

The next FIFA rankings would be published on January 17.

WORLD TOP 20

1. Spain, 2. Germany 3. Argentina 4. Italy (+1 place) 5. Colombia (+3) 6. England 7. Portugal (-3) 8. Netherlands (-1) 9. Russia 10. Croatia 11. Greece (+1) 12. Switzerland (+4) 13. Ecuador (+4) 14. Ivory Coast (+1) 15. Mexico (-1) 16. Uruguay (-5) 17. France (+1) 18. Brazil (-5) 19. Algeria 20. Sweden (+3)

TOP 20 AFRICA (World ranking in brackets)

Ivory Coast 1 (14), Algeria 2 (19), Mali 3 (25), Ghana 4 (30), Zambia 5 (34), Egypt 6 (41), Gabon 7 (42), Tunisia 8 (45), Central African Republic 9 (52), Nigeria 10 (52), Libya 11 (54), Guinea 12 (60), Cameroon 13 (61), Sierra Leone 14 (62), Cape Verde Islands 15 (69), Togo 16 (71), Morocco 17 (74), Benin 18 (75), Senegal 19 (77), Equatorial Guinea 20 (79), Kenya 39 (134)

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