CHAN lifts Eagles in FIFA Rankings

CHAN lifts Eagles in FIFA Rankings
Home-based Eagles celebrate a goal at CHAN 2016 in Rwanda

by Samm Audu

Thursday Feb 04, 2016. 13:42

The win against Niger and draw with Tunisia at CHAN 2016 have improved Nigeria’s FIFA Rankings as they are now 63rd best team in the world, three spots from last month’s ratings.

The  win over Cote d'Ivoire and draw with Angola in warm-up matches for the tournament in Rwanda would have also added more points to the Super Eagles.

However, they are now 12th in Africa with Cote d’Ivoire still the best ranked African team as they are 28th in the world.

Nigeria’s AFCON 2017 rivals Egypt are now 55th in the world and eighth in Africa.

The FIFA rankings are expected to be one of the things to consider when the draw for the final round of the qualifying tournament for the 2018 World Cup is done in June.

Teams will be drawn in five groups to play on home and away basis with the overall group winners qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.

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