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Football: Super Eagles Move Up In Fifa Ranking

Nigeria climbed to the 40th position in the  world in the latest FIFA rankings released by the football body on Thursday.  The three-time African champions garnered 726 points to move up one place in the rankings from 41, which they occupied in March.

The Eagles have continued to retain their stay in the African top 10 for the fifth consecutive month. They have also broken into the top five on  the continent as they are now fifth on the continent after their 1-1 draw with Senegal in a friendly match in London.

Egypt are the best team  in Africa after  they moved up a place from 20th in March to 19th. Senegal are second in Africa  with 805 points. However, the Teranga Lions  are 30th in the world.

Cameroon are the third-best team on the continent. The African champions, who the Super Eagles  play in a  World Cup qualifiers in August, dropped a place from 32 in March to 33.

Burkina Faso are fourth on the continent. They moved up a place from 36 in March to 35. The Democratic Republic of Congo (41) are sixth while Tunisia (42) dropped five places to be placed seventh and Ghana (45) are eighth after dropping two places in the latest rankings.

Ivory Coast (48), who dropped a spot, and Morocco (53), who dropped four places, complete the African top 10.

Brazil, who booked their place in the Russia 2018 World Cup with matches to spare, returned to the summit of the rankings after seven years. The Samba Boys moved from second in March with 1661 points.

Argentina, who were previously on top, are now second while Germany and Chile retained their third and fourth places. Colombia, France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain complete the top 10 in the world.

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