Thursday, December 17, 2009

FIFA World Ranking - Nigeria retains Africa's 3rd spot, 22nd in World

Super Eagles of Nigeria end the outgoing year on a good note by maintaining its 3rd and 22nd position in Africa and world, respectively. In the latest ranking released by the world soccer ruling body (FIFA) yesterday, the west African giant garnered 848 points to retain their previous 3rd and 22nd position in Africa and the World.

Indomitable Lions of Cameroon remain Africa's top ranking, finishing 11th, just outside the global top ten. Cote d'voire finished second in Africa and 16th in global arena.

Algeria have reached their highest ever Fifa world ranking, after securing a place at the World Cup in 2010. The Desert Foxes needed a play-off against their north African rivals, Egypt to make it to South Africa. They are now at 26th in the global table and 5th in the African rankings, sandwiched between Egypt and Ghana who finished 4th and 6th in Africa respectively. Algeria have had a good year overall, earning as many points as Brazil and soaring 38 places up the table.

Because only around 30 matches were taken into account for the final FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of the year, there was no change at the top, with Spain continuing to lead the way ahead of Brazil and the Netherlands.


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