Nigeria fall, South Africa climb in FIFA World Rankings

The Democratic Republic of Congo are Africa’s most notable climbers in the February edition of the FIFA World Rankings, while Nigeria drop one place and South Africa climb.

The Congolese, fifth in the rankings released in January, have moved up to third in Africa after climbing four places in the overall standings.

They overtake Morocco and Egypt in the continental standings, and move up to 39th in the overall world standings.

Tunisia remain Africa’s top team, 23rd in the overall rankings, while Senegal are second in the continent and 27th overall.

Morocco (42nd worldwide) and Egypt (43rd) complete the top five, although the latter drop 13 places in the overall standings and, along with Burkina Faso, are the continent’s biggest fallers.

The lowest-ranked of the continent’s five World Cup-bound teams, Nigeria, drop one place to 52nd worldwide – and seventh in Africa – while Ghana drop fourth to 54th.

Congo-Brazzaville are the continent’s biggest climbers, moving up eight places overall to 88th in the world, with South Africa also climbing one spot to 77th overall.

“The dropping of certain countries on the continent can be attributed both to results in recent friendlies and in the devaluation in the calculation of points linked to CAF’s Africa Cup of Nations last year,” read a statement on FIFA’s website.

“However, there’s also good news for Congo (88th, +8 places) and Sudan (118th, +6 places).

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