[:en]Nigeria ranks 43rd in World Football[:]

[:en]Nigeria has climbed two spots to 43rd in the latest FIFA world rankings, released on Thursday.

Bafana Bafana dropped 10 places to 69th spot in the world and 18th place on the African continent, while Guinea-Bissau fell 23 places to 155th in the world.

West Africa’s power house, Ghana have slipped eight places to 34th in the world while Algeria remains the continent’s top team despite falling one spot to 21st in the world rankings.

AFCON Champions, Ivory Coast also dropped one place to 24th and remains the second best team from the continent according to the FIFA rankings.

Madagascar are the continent’s biggest climbers – the island nation rose 37 spots to 113th in the world while COSAFA Cup champions Namibia now occupy 105th place having shot up nine places.

Djibouti remains the continents lowest ranked team at 207th.

Africa Top 20: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Ghana, Senegal, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Guinea, Congo. Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Egypt, DR Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda and Togo.

Africa Bottom 5: Comoros, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti.

World Top 10: Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay, France and Spain.

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