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Nigeria move into the top 20 in Fifa's world rankings

Nigeria celebrating third place at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria are up to the 20 in the latest Fifa world rankings

Nigeria climbed two places to 20th in the latest Fifa world rankings.

Egypt remain Africa's highest ranked side moving up one place into 13th, World Cup-bound Cameroon also climb one spot into 19th.

Brazil replace European champions Spain as the world's highest ranked nation.

The moves come despite many nations not having played any matches in the last month, so the changes in this edition of the ranking are due to the devaluation of past results.

Some teams have actually gained points due to the fact that the devaluation of poor results has led to a greater weighting of successful matches.

There are likely to be big movements in May's rankings as the World Cup finalists play friendly games in the build-up to June's tournament in South Africa.

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see also
Egypt climb Fifa rankings
31 Mar 10 |  African
Egypt drop down Fifa rankings
03 Mar 10 |  African
Egypt return to heroes' welcome
01 Feb 10 |  African
Cairo delight at African Cup win
31 Jan 10 |  Africa

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