By Izuchukwu Okosi:
The Super Eagles of Nigeria rose ten places up from their previous monthly FIFA ranking to become the current 34th best national side in world football.
The game’s governing body released the latest Coca Cola ranking on Thursday and the Eagles now have 664 points to improve from their previous ranking prior to the World Cup.
The team handled by Stephen Keshi are however rated the third best national side on the African continent behind Algeria and Cote d’ Iviore.
Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, Guinea, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mali make up the African Top 10 teams.
World champions Germany are on top of the table, they lead for the first time in around 20 years.
World Cup runners up Argentina are in second place. Third placed Holland occupy the third spot. Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland and France contain the world’s top ten best teams.
Three teams; Holland, Belgium and France moved into the top ten from the previous ranking before the World Cup.
Portugal, Italy and England moved out of the ‘top table’ after their poor performance in Brazil 2014.
The Dutch side had the biggest move by points, Cape Verde here in Africa had the biggest drop by points(273) while El Salvador was the country with the biggest drop by ranks, down by 53 ranks.
The next FIFA ranking will be released on 14 August 2014.