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Super Eagles drop in FIFA ranking as Guinea-Bissau rise, Argentina stay on top


THE Super Eagles have dropped in the latest FIFA ranking released today by the world football governing body.

The Nigerian team slipped one spot to 40th after dropping 2.38 ranking points despite their 6-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match earlier in September.

The three-time African champions however retain their sixth spot on the continent behind Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt.

Cameroon, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso make up the rest of the top 10 in Africa.

Meanwhile, Guinea-Bissau, who finished second in Nigeria’s AFCON qualifying group and also booked a ticket to Cote d’Ivoire in January and February next year, are one of the biggest climbers in the ranking.

The Djurtus, along with Aruba, rose by six places, while Albania gained the most points with 20.08.

Guinea-Bissau are now 106th in the world, up from 112th in July when the ranking was last released.

World champions Argentina retain their No.1 spot after two wins in the South America World Cup qualifiers in the last international window this month.

The only change within the global top 10 is between Italy and Portugal who swapped places, the former slipping to ninth spot, one below the latter.

FIFA explained that a total of 159 matches were played during the period under review, with the next ranking due to be released on October 26.

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