By Concise News Correspondents

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The Super Eagles have climbed one place to rank 50th in the world and 7th in Africa in the latest football rankings released by Fifa.

Nigeria gatherer 619 points as against 616 it had in December 2016, displacing Burkina Faso who went down by three points.

The three-time African champions, however,  trail Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and DR Congo respectively on the continent.

On the global scene, the top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place, respectively.

With only 12 Grade A matches played since the final rankings in 2016, there are few big changes in the January edition of the ranking.

But in spite of the overall stability of the January table, two new teams have broken into the Top 50, Saudi Arabia (48, up 6) and Nigeria (50, up 1),

They moved up at the expense of Albania (51, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53, down 3).

And with the biggest move by both points and rankings, Suriname (128, up 22) are January’s best performer.

In spite of their recent improvement, the CONCACAF team are still some distance from their best ever position (84), recorded back in 2008.

The small Southern African nation of Swaziland, meanwhile, reached its best ever position in the World Rankings (99, up 1).

The next World Rankings will be published on 9 February.