Nigeria Climbs to 53rd in FIFA Ranking (allAfrica.com)

Nigeria rose up four spots to 53rd place in the FIFA rankings released yesterday, though are tenth-ranked African side.

In July’s grading, the Super Eagles dropped 14 places to 57th, their poorest drop in 2015.

One the continent, they are ranked Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, Congo, Cape Verde Island and Egypt.

Copa America champions, Chile entered the top ten at the expense of the Netherlands who that two places to 12th in the world. Argentina remains the best football playing country in the world and they are followed by Belgium and Germany respectively.

Likely Nigeria opposition in the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Swaziland and Djibouti are placed 132nd and 206th respectively in the world.

Former world champions Spain moved a place up to the 11th spot as Brazil are fifth in the world and third in South America.

The next ranking will be released on September 3, 2015.

On the international scene, the ranking shows a change in the top three, with Belgium now second, swapping places with Germany who have gone down to the third position on the log.

Others in the top ten are Colombia who are now fourth, Brazil occupy number five while Portugal, Romania, England and Wales occupy the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth positions, while Chile have entered the top ten at the expense of the Netherlands who are down to 12th.