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Head of Corporate Services Division, Nigeria Stock Exchange, Bola Adeeko (left); United States Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Darcy Zotter; Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyeama and United States Consul General, Mr. F. John Bray during the Closing Gong Ceremony at the Stock Exchange in Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

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Fifa World Ranking: Ghana Maintains Position, Nigeria Drops (See List)

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Ghana remained at the 24th spot in the monthly FIFA rankings released Thursday by the world football governing body to end the outgoing year with Spain still holding on to their lead as Ivory Coast leads in Africa.The Black Stars are rounding up the year as second best in Africa with Algeria, Nigeria and Cape Verde following in that order on the continent.The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped one spot to end the outgoing year in 37th spot.The African champions started 2013 in 52nd position (her lowest all year round), but having conquered Africa at the Nations Cup in South Africa, moved up to 30th spot in February.The highest position attained by Nigeria this year was in May when the country was ranked 28th in the world.In this edition, Nigeria maintained her position as the 4th highest ranked country behind the usual suspects: Ivory Coast, Ghana and Algeria who are ranked 17th, 24th and 26th respectively.The World Cup holders Spain are glued to the No. 1 spot as Germany and Argentina pick up the second and third positions respectively.

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Nigeria, Ghana Drop In Latest FIFA Ranking, Ivory Coast Highest In Africa (See Full List)

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Nigeria has moved down three places (to the 36th position) in the latest FiFA global rankings released today (28/11) despite not losing any of its two games in the month under review.The Super Eagles remain fourth in Africa despite dropping in the ranking.Ghana also moved down one place to 24th but is second in Africa.Ivory Coast is the highest ranked African country after retaining its 17th position with 918 points.Algeria took the third spot on the continent after amassing 800 points claiming the 26th spot in the world.To see the list, continue…

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Nigeria, Ghana Move Up In Latest Fifa Ranking (See Full List)

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Nigeria has moved up three places (to the 33rd position) in the latest Fifa global rankings released on Thursday.

Ghana moved up one place in the ranking which will determine the seedings for the 2014 World Cup draw.

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The Black Stars despite beating Egypt 6-1 on Tuesday in the first leg of the Brazil World Cup playoff and amassed points to go up to 23rd position.

With the return leg fixed for 19 November, Ghana, a second highest ranked African country, will enter Pot 3 if they seal qualification.

Ivory Coast is the highest ranked African country after moving two places up to 17th.

In the top ten, only Spain’s position at the summit remains unchanged, while Germany has pushed Argentina out of second place.

New entries into the top ten are Switzerland and England both thanks to their recent strong performances in the final group games in the World Cup qualifying.

Italy, meanwhile, has paid heavily for their draw against Armenia, dropping four places to eighth.
This means Brazil, together with Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland are definitely in Pot 1 for World Cup final Draw on 6 December.

If Uruguay wins the intercontinental play-off against Jordan, Uriguay will also go into the first pot.
However, if Jordan wins, the decimal points difference between the Netherlands (1135.95) and Italy (1135.61) will see the Dutch take the last place in Pot 1.

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FIFA Ranking: Cote d’Ivoire Tops Africa – See Full List

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Scroll down to see full list (in pictures) of FIFA’s ranking…The Super Eagles have dropped to the fifth position in Africa despite retaining their spot in in the global ranking.
Nigeria’s senior national team has remained unmoved in the latest Fifa world ranking released on Thursday.In June, the African Champions were rated as the 31st best football playing team in the world before making a downward slide to 35 in the July ranking.This stagnant position however, was not good enough as they slipped to fifth place in Africa with the Desert Foxes of Algeria taking up their previous fourth position.Meanwhile Cote d’Ivoire remain at the summit of African football with 962 points which put them in the 18th position in the world while Ghana is 24th in the world and second in Africa.
Mali took the third spot on the continent after amassing 735 points which places them in the 32nd spot in the world.The surprise package on the log is Cape Verde who moved up to the 36th place in the world and sixth in Africa with four points behind Nigeria.Spain, Germany and Colombia hold the first, second and third spots in the world respectively.FULL LIST:

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