Five days after Nigeria claimed the coveted AFCON cup, International football body FIFA has released new rankings.
In the February 14 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, Nigeria after ending a 19-year drought since they last won the tournament, climbed 22 places from 52nd position in January to 30th in February – their best ranking since August 2010. On the African continent, Nigeria who are ninth last month are now fourth in the latest ranking. Beaten finalists at the Nations Cup, Burkina Faso, have moved up a massive 37 places to 55th in the world(9th in Africa). Hosts South Africa (60th, up 25) have also enjoyed a significant leap of 25 places(10th in Africa).
Although former Africa Cup of Nations winners Côte d’Ivoire (12th, up 2) bowed out at the quarter-final stage, last year’s runners-up have achieved their best-ever world ranking (12th) to become the best in Africa. Ghana is second(19th world wide), Mali third(25th world wide), while Algeria and Tunisia are fifth and sixth respectively.