By Kunle Adedoyin
The Super Eagles of Nigeria has moved up 12 spots in the July FIFA ranking, to place 33rd in the world. This upward movement followed the team’s winning of the bronze medal at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.
In the ranking table released by the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1, 481 points as against 1, 433 it had in June, when it was placed 45th.
Nigeria is now the third placed team in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia, who are 20th and 29th in the world, respectively.
African champions Algeria, who was 40th in June went up 28 places. The team is the biggest mover in the July edition by ranks and points (up 117).
Fellow finalists, Senegal went up just 2 places to reach its best-ever ranking position.
AFCON surprise quarter-finalists, Madagascar was 96th in the world, up by 12 places and Benin was in 82nd position, up 6 places following both teams spectacular performances at the recent AFCON competition.
On the global scene, new South American champions, Brazil went up one place to placed 2nd, after overtaking World Champions, France, who went down one place to 3rd position.
Belgium is still number one, ahead of Brazil by 20 points.
Other sides in Copa America action improved their ranking positions substantially.
Quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5) and Venezuela (26th, up 7) – who reached their best-ever ranking position after their run to the last eight.
Bronze-medalists, Argentina was up one place at 10th position, making 4 teams from South America in the world top 10.
Concacaf champions Mexico was 12th, up 6 places and fellow finalists US was 22nd, up 8 places just as surprise semi-finalist, Haiti was placed 83rd, up 18 places.