Nigeria retains 47th position in latest FIFA rankings

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South Africa are unmoved, and will end the month 72nd in the world and 15th in Africa, while Benin are the continent's biggest climbers.

The elite football regulatory body FIFA, took to their official website to release the latest ranking ahead of the incoming World Cup next month.

There is also no movement by the Super Eagles' 2018 World Cup Group D opponents as they all maintained their previous spots.

It's a far cry from the glory days when Bafana cracked the top 20 in the rankings (at 19th) after winning the 1996 African Cup of Nations.

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Kenya had dropped three places in the April ranking following poor performances against lowly ranked Comoros and the Central African Republic.

The current frontrunners in FIFA's top-ten rankings are reigning World Champions Germany (1,544 points), followed by Brazil (1,384), Belgium (1,346), Portugal (1,306), Argentina (1,254), Switzerland (1,179), France (1,166), Spain (1,162), Chile (1,146) and Poland (1,128).

The Philippines (111, up 2) attained their best ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking due to the Azkals' positive results in recent months - which included qualifying for their maiden AFC Asian Cup.

The next ranking will be published on June 7, just seven days before the opening match in Russian Federation.

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