Nigeria retains 47th position in latest FIFA rankings

Harambee Stars Coach Sébastien Migné during training session at Camp toyoyo stadium on May 15,2018
/OLIVER MORGAN

Harambee Stars Coach Sébastien Migné during training session at Camp toyoyo stadium on May 15,2018 /OLIVER MORGAN

Bafana Bafana have held onto their position in the latest FIFA World Rankings, released for May 2018.

Only Benin and Botswana - who leaped six places each - made a better upward shift than Kenya during the month that had few global matches resulting in the little movement.

Stuart Baxter's Bafana side recently beat hosts Zambia to win the Four-Nations tournament in March.

There is also no movement by the Super Eagles' 2018 World Cup Group D opponents as they all maintained their previous spots.

Nigeria's next friendly opponent DR Congo, also retained their number 3 position in Africa and 38th in the world with Nigeria also remaining 6th on the continent while Russia-bound Tunisia leads the way as the only African country in the top 20.

The current frontrunners in FIFA's top-ten rankings are reigning World Champions Germany (1,544 points), followed by Brazil (1,384), Belgium (1,346), Portugal (1,306), Argentina (1,254), Switzerland (1,179), France (1,166), Spain (1,162), Chile (1,146) and Poland (1,128).

In Africa, Senegal broke into the top 50 in the world as they moved up one place, joining Ghana in the same position.

The Philippines moved up two places to accomplish their best ever position in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking (111), due to the Azkals' positive results in recent months.

The next rankings would be released on June 7.

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