Nigeria dropped a place in the latest FIFA ranking published on Thursday by the world governing body.
Three less than impressive results from the pre-world cup friendlies against DR Congo (1-1), England (2-1) and Czech Republic (0-1) ensured Nigeria slide down from sixth to seventh spot in Africa.
Meanwhile, in the global stage, the three-time African champions also dropped a place from 47th to 48th in the global ranking.
Ghana stepped up a place to 6th and 47th in Africa and the world ranking.
Three of the other four African countries representing at the World Cup did move up with Senegal, Morocco and Egypt climbing a spot each.
Tunisia is the only other country that dropped in the ranking; losing seven paces 14th to 21st in the world ranking, but still maintain the top spot in Africa.
On the other hand, Nigeria’s world cup opponents Argentina (5th) and Iceland (22nd) did not move in the ranking, but, Croatia dropped two places from 18th to 20th spot from the previous ranking.
Germany remain the world number one ranked team.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 19 July 2018.
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