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By Yakubu Salisu
Nigeria?s senior national team has dropped five places to 42nd in the latest Fifa world ranking released on Thursday.
The African champions were adjudged the 38th best football playing team in the world according to the ranking released earlier in September.
The Eagles are now the ninth-ranked African side behind Algeria, Cote d?Ivoire, Tunisia, Ghana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt and Senegal following their poor run in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers earlier this month.
Their drop comes after losing 1-0 to Sudan in Khartoum after playing out a 0-0 draw in South Africa.
Meanwhile Algeria remain at the summit of African football with 989 points which put them in the 15th position in the world while Cote d?Ivoire are second in Africa and ranked 25th in the world.
Tunisia stay third on the continent after amassing 780 points which places them in the 31st spot in the world.
Germany, Argentina and Colombia hold the first, second and third spots in the world respectively as Fifa World Cup hosts Brazil retained their sixth spot in the world.
The next ranking will be released on November 27, 2014.

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