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The Super Eagles of Nigeria maintained the 41st spot in the latest March 2017 FIFA World ranking released on Thursday.

The rankings published on the website on the world football governing body sees Nigeria drop a point even though they maintained the same spot. The Super Eagles now have 685 points, one point less than the 686 they garnered in February.

Super Eagles also maintained the seventh place on the continent behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameron, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Congo DR.

African Champions and Nigeria’s next opponent in the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, the indomitable Lions of Cameroon is ranked 32nd on the world scene and 3rd in Africa.

Former African Champions, Egypt remains the top team on the continent and also moved three places to join the first 20 in the world.

AFCON 2017 Quarter-finalists, the Terranga Lions of Senegal moved up three places to 28th on the table and maintained the second spot in Africa.

Nigeria’s other world cup qualifying opponents, Algeria and Zambia lost places in the latest ranking. Algeria with 645 points are now ranked 50th while Zambia slipped to 91st place with 370 points.

The Super Eagles’ 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group opponents, South Africa, Seychelles and Libya also slipped. South Africa is now ranked 62nd, Libya with 366 points are placed 92nd while Seychelles is the least ranked team in the group with 78 points on 187th position.

Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti are Africa’s least ranked team with zero point each at the 205th joint position in the world and 52nd in Africa.

On the global scene, Argentina and Brazil remained in the first and second position respectively.

Reigning World Champions, Germany are in third position. European Champions, Portugal are in eight spot, two places behind France who they beat in Final.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking would be published on April 6, 2017.

Author: Yemi Olarinre