The Super Eagles of Nigeria climbed two places to stay at 38th on the Coca-Cola/FIFA monthly rankings released on Thursday, as they’re now in 4th place on the continent.
The Eagles, who held Corsica to a 1-1 draw last Friday in an international friendly match, will be playing the Hawks of Togo later on Thursday in Paris.
On return to the country, the Eagles will play their opening game of the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa on June 10 in Uyo.
While Togo were ranked 106th in the world, South Africa dropped one spot in the ranking, and are now 65th in the world with 547 points.
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Eagles’ Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying opponents, Zambia are ranked 98th, gaining one place and having 334 points, while Algeria are joint 53rd in the world, gaining one spot. Cameroon moved up one spot.
Egypt, who last played in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo in March, dropped one spot to 20th but are still leading the continent, ahead of Senegal (27), Cameroon (32), Nigeria (38) and Democratic Republic of the Congo (39).
Brazil kept their place in the lead of the global ranking after changing places with Argentina in April, as the continental rivals stayed in second place.
New Zealand were the best mover this month, jumping 17 positions to rank 95th, while Mauritania made the worst move, dropping 13 places to 104th.