By Ben Efe:
Nigeria dropped by one point in the March world rankings released by FIFA yesterday. The Eagles moved to the 22nd position from the previous 21st spot, but Eagles still retained their third position on the African continent.
Nigeria’s World Cup opponents Argentina remained at its number nine position, while Greece dropped from 10th to 11th. South Korea is one step from bottom of the top 50 ranking.
Spain are still number one with Brazil in second place. Holland is third place, while Portugal is fourth after climbing two places in FIFA’s monthly rankings table. World champion Italy dropped to fifth, Germany is sixth and England rises one spot to No. 7, trading places with France which lost 2-0 against Spain in a March 3 friendly.
Egypt is the best African nation at No. 14, while the United States climbs two places to No. 16, one ahead of neighbouring rival Mexico.
Australia is the top-ranked Asian side, up four spots to No. 19 after beating Indonesia in an Asian Cup qualifier.
Most team slides in the rankings came about because points earned from World Cup qualifiers played in March 2009 lost their value.
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