2013 African Cup of Nations winner, Nigeria maintained the 42nd position it occupied in October’s FIFA Rankings for top football playing nations.

Despite the failure of the country to reach the 30th edition of AFCON in Equatorial Guinea 2015, FIFA still ranked it as the ninth best football playing nation in the continent; behind Cameroon, Cape Verde and Guinea

Nigeria slumped to 42 after it dropped from 32 in September.

The Desert Foxes of Algeria still keep top-spot as Africa’s best ranked team and FIFA 18, followed by neighbours Tunisia as 22nd in the world and 2nd Africa best.

Other African countries Cote D’Ivoire (FIFA 24th, CAF 3rd), Senegal (35th, 4th)Ghana(37th, 5th), Guinea (38th, 6th), Cape Verde (39th, 7th) and Cameroon(41st, 8th) occupy the best eight positions.

Bafana Bafana of South Africa moved from 57th in October to 51 in the world and 11th in Africa with Mali snipping in at 10th

AFCON 2015 Finalists, Congo DR is rated 55 in the world and 12 in Africa, with the Red Devils of Democratic Republic of Congo coming behind them at 59 and 13 in the continent.

Arab nation and also AFCON 2015 fallouts, Egypt is 60, ranking as 14 in Africa while Zambia is 62 and 15th in Africa.

Other 5 making up the continent’s top twenty include: Togo(62, 16), Gabon(64, 17), Burkina Faso(65, 18), Libya(76, 19), Uganda (78, 20)

Initial 2015 AFCON hosts, Morocco is rated 82 in the world and 22 in Africa.

Germany maintains the hold as FIFA number one since the World Cup triumph in July; Argentina 2nd, Colombia 3rd, Belgium 4th, Netherlands 5th, Brazil 6th, Portugal 7th, France 8th, Spain 8th and Uruguay 9th make up the ten best football playing nations in the world.

In the women category newly introduced by World Football Governing body, seven times African Women Cup, AWC, Super Falcons of Nigeria are 35th in the globe and undispuatbly number one in the continent.