By Izuchukwu Okosi
Nigeria’s Super Eagles climbed six places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday by the world’s football governing body.
The former African champions who were previously in the 67th position in May are now 61st in the world rankings after gaining 559 points for June 2016.
The rankings means the Eagles who won their recent friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg under interim coach Salisu Yusuf are now the 12th ranked team in Africa behind Algeria, Cote d’ Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands, Congo DR, Guinea, Cameroon and Congo.
Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile occupy the top five places in the world rankings.
The highest movers in the current rankings were Slovakia and Madagascar who climbed eight positions to take 24th place and 29 positions into 108 respectively.
Rwanda dropped the biggest points with -69 points.
The next FIFA rankings will be released on July 14, 2016, four days after the Euro 2016 tournament in France.