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Nigeria still Africa's best
Nigeria celebrates
Nigeria are Africa's highest ranked team

Nigeria are still Africa's best rated team and have climbed one place up the global rankings to 11th.

Cameroon's Indomitable Lions remain in second place, but the continent's most improved sides are Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and Lesotho.

Equatorial Guinea moved up seven places to 154th, while Mozambique and Lesotho also move up six places, to 127th and 141st respectively.

Egypt, the reigning African champions, moved up by one place to 17th.

On 12 July, three days after the World Cup final, Fifa will publish new world rankings based on a new method of calculation to be announced during the last week of the tournament.

African Rankings - May 2006 (world rankings in brackets):

1. Nigeria (11)
2. Cameroon (15)
3. Egypt (17)
4. Tunisia (21)
5. Senegal (28)
6. Ivory Coast (32)
7. Morocco (36)
8. Ghana (48)
9. South Africa (53)
10. Guinea (52)
11. Zimbabwe (51)
12. Angola (57)
13. Zambia (57)
14. Togo (61)
15. Mali (66)
16. DR Congo (69)
17. Libya (86)
18. Algeria (87)
19. Burkina Faso (89)
20. Rwanda (94)
21. Kenya (95)
22. Sudan (97)
23. Uganda (97)
24. Botswana (103)
25. Gabon(105)
26. Malawi (107)
27. Congo (111)
28. Ethiopia (112)
29. Benin (114)
30. Cape Verde Islands (123)
31. Mozambique (127)
32. Swaziland (138)
33. Lesotho (141)
34. Liberia (143)
35. Mauritius (146)
36. Burundi (150)
37. Madagascar (151)
38. Equatorial Guinea (154)
39. Chad (159)
40. Namibia (164)
41. Sierra Leone (165)
42. Gambia (166)
43. Tanzania (167)
44. Eritrea (171)
45. Seychelles (176)
46. Niger (177)
47. Mauritania (178)
48. Central African Republic (181)
49. Somalia (185)
50. Guinea-Bissau (186)
51. Sao Tomé e Príncipe (198)
52. Djibouti (200)


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