The Super Eagles however still retained their stay in the top 10 teams in Africa for the 10th consecutive month. They will leave for Yaounde today for the second leg. A position formally occupied by Cameroon, who just like the Eagles, dropped in the rankings.
Following a series of powerful displays in FIFA World Cup qualifying, Germany have replaced Brazil at the top of the latest worldwide football world rankings, released by world football's governing body this week.
Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings are based on the average number of points that a team accumulates over a four-year period.
LUSAKA Uganda (Xinhua) - Zambia has made a huge leap on the world soccer governing body, FIFA/Coca Cola rankings, by moving 18 places upwards, its soccer governing body said on Thursday.
Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced a new format for the 2018 World Cup draw with teams to be grouped by their places in the world rankings rather than by Continent.
Meanwhile, Germany returned to the summit of world ranking, continuing this year's on going tug of war with Brazil for top spot.
The Samba boys are now ranked 2th, while Portugal are now third in the world, with Argentina and Belgium in fourth and fifth positions respectively.
"But that notwithstanding, the Eagles should always be consistent in delivering good performances in every match they play, " he said. Italy are now 17th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking which would land them in Pot 3 if all the teams above them qualify.