Nigeria Stagnates On FIFA Rankings

Nigeria did not move on the latest football ranking released by FIFA today, as the male football team appear stuck on the 42nd position.

In October, the Super Eagles dropped five places to the 42nd position on the official FIFA ranking and following the performances of the male national team in the course of the month, Nigeria retained the position in the latest ranking.

The Super Eagles also held on to the 9th spot on the rating of African countries. This is following the wins over Sudan, Congo and the recent draw with South Africa.

There was very little change in the top ten as Germany, Argentina and Colombia retained the top three spots. Portugal moved up two places to the 7th position and Spain moved up one place into 9th. Uruguay slumped to 10th after dropping two places. FIFA also confirmed that Faroe Islands made the biggest move as they rose up by 82 ranks into the 105th place. Iraq had the biggest drop, falling 23 ranks to 104th.

The CAF rankings saw Algeria, Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire take up the top three places in Africa while Senegal, Ghana, Guinea, Cape Verde, Cameroon were rated above Nigeria, who sat in the 9th position. Guinea made the biggest move on the continent, rising 17 ranks to make them 6th in Africa.

The Super Falcons, the National Female Football Team, dropped by one place into the 35th spot on the women’s ranking.

However, they remain the undisputed queen of the African continent with Ghana being a far second best, ranked 50th internationally and 2nd in Africa. Cameroon completes the top three on the Women’s ranking in Africa.

With the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the African Nations Cup in Equatorial-Guinea, Nigeria may slump further in subsequent rankings.

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