Nigeria retains 47th position — Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

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At the continental level, the Indian team remains in 15th place, one place below Palestine and four above Iraq.

FIFA's latest ranking released on Thursday showed that Nigeria still has 635 points, exactly the same points it had last month. Morocco (42) are fourth on the African list‚ followed by Egypt (46) and Nigeria (47).

DR Congo, ranked third in Africa and 38th in the world, will not be in Russian Federation. The fifth spot has been the highest so far reached by any African country.

Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu and current skipper of the side Mikel Obi are supremely confident the squad picked by Manager Gernot Rohr can shock everyone when the World Cup gets underway in Russian Federation next month.

Kunle Agbeyangi, a local sports analyst, told Xinhua that Nigeria might pull a surprise on the global stage.

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"But we've got a strong side, so we've got a really good chance. There's nothing to fear about", Agbeyangi said.

The Eagles World Cup Group D foes are also better rated - Argentina (5), Croatia (18), Iceland (22).

The Congo match, according to sources would also be expected to afford fans the opportunity to assess the team in their final home game before the World Cup.

The next ranking on June 7, 2018 - seven day to the commencement of the 2018 Fifa World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

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