Nigeria drops in latest FIFA Ranking
World soccer governing body (FIFA) on Thursday released the latest ranking and it was a slide for Nigeria’s Super Eagles as they dropped in position.
The newest ranking indicated that Nigeria dropped down in 7 places to 34th position in the world and 5th in Africa.
It is understandable because the three-time African champions failed to win any of their three international games, losing twice and settling for a draw once.
Nigeria’s senior men’s side garnered 1480 points as against 1487 it recorded in the previous ranking.
Senegal remained the number top team in the continent and were ranked 21st in the World.
Sierra Leone and Eswatini did not take part in regional tournaments, yet they gained ground thanks to their positive friendly results. While the Leone Stars gained eight points to climb to 106th globally, Dominic Kunene’s King’s Shield accrued the same number of points to sit in 146th place.
Carthage Eagles of Tunisia remained in the second spot and 28th in Africa while Africa champion Algeria climbed 12 places to 30th in the world and 3rd in Africa.
For Africa Cup of Nations debutants Comoros, losing 4-0 to Mohamed Salah’s Egypt on the last day of their Afcon qualifiers, are rated no. 38 in Africa and 133rd worldwide.
Globally, Belgium retained top spot despite bowing out of the European Championship quarter-finals. Eventual winners Italy moved up into the top five behind runners-up England.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Rankings will be published on 16 September 2021.
Super Eagles of Nigeria will have the opportunity to improve its ranking when the 2022 FIFA world cup qualifier resumed in September 2021.