The Super Eagles of Nigeria has maintained the 40th place, the position it previously held, in the latest FIFA rankings.
The three-time African champion also retains the 5th place in Africa. Egypt, who is the highest ranked African side, occupies the 19th position. Senegal is rated 30th, reigning African Champions Cameroon holds 33rd position, while Burkina Faso is 35th.
The Black Stars of Ghana are 45th, while Cote d’Ivoire holds the 48th.
Brazil, however, remains the top of the latest FIFA world rankings. The five-time World Cup champions occupied the position for the first time in seven years at the expense of great rivals Argentina.
In another development, an executive member of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Jonathan Nnaji, is hopeful that the modern Penthalon course in Lagos will help coaches and athletes to be abreast with the techniques in the sport.
The course began at the weekend with about 40 technical instructors from 10 states of the Federation in attendance.
Nnaji told EnviroNews that the Union of the International Modern Penthalon (UIPN) is backing the event with Egyptian Sam Rusdi as facilitator.
“It is a new sport in Nigeria, which comprises five sports. The essence of the course is that we are training the trainers so as to spread the Sport to the 36 States of the Federation.”
This is the second time the course which consists of Shooting, Athletics, Swimming, Fencing and Horse Riding is holding in Nigeria.
By Felix Simire