Leone Stars Stronger than Super Eagles

Leone Stars Stronger than Super Eagles

South Africa were the biggest African risers in the Fifa rankings this month.

In a quiet month for international football, Bafana Bafana rose four places up to 67th spot.

Elsewhere, Sierra Leone rose two places to 61st spot, to lie above Nigeria for the first time in their history.

Ivory Coast remain top in Africa, with Ghana second.

DR Congo were the biggest fallers, dropping five places to 124th position.

The 1974 African champions are now rated below the likes of Benin, Central African Republic and Sao Tome e Principe.

Similarly, Nigeria - who have competed at four World Cups and won two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments - have now dropped below Sierra Leone in the rankings.

Sierra Leone, whose population of six million is dwarfed by Nigeria's total in excess of 160m, have never travelled to a World Cup and have only ever competed at two Nations Cups - in 1994 and 1996.

The top seven in the African rankings were unchanged, with Tunisia moving up to eight as Egypt dropped down the rankings.

World and European champions Spain still top the rankings

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