Moses Simon put the Eagles ahead on 30 minutes and substitute Vincent Aboubakar equalised from a 75th-minute penalty. Unbeaten leaders Nigeria moved to 10 points from four matches in Group B and a home win over Zambia on October 7 will clinch a sixth World Cup appearance. Dropping two points at home eliminated seven-time World Cup qualifiers Cameroon as only group winners go to Russia and they trail Nigeria by seven points with two matches to play. The draw came three days after Nigeria thrashed African champions Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo.

Nigeria rise 6 places in new FIFA ranking

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Following the Super Eagles’ back-to-back victories in recent friendly games against Mali and Luxembourg, Nigeria are now ranked 61st in the Fifa ranking released on Thursday.

The new ranking means Nigeria have risen 6 places from their last ranking of 67th in May. However, they remain outside the top ten teams in Africa at 12th place.

Algeria, who moved one place up to number 32 in the world, remain highest ranked team in Africa while Argentina is the number team in the world. Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Cape Verde Island, Congo DR, Guinea, Cameroon, Congo make up the other teams ahead of Nigeria in the ranking.

As highlighted by FIFA, the top movers were Slovakia and Madagascar. The Europeans climbed eight positions to take 24th place, while the island nation located off Africa’s southeast coast climbed 29 positions into 108.

 The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 14 July 2016.

 

 

 

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