FIFA World Ranking: Nigeria Maintain 51st Position, 9th In Africa

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have maintained their 51st position in the latest Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Coca Cola World Ranking released on Thursday.

The latest rankings was published on FIFA’s official website.

The Eagles retained their ninth position in Africa.

Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D foes, Argentina were non movers as they remain fourth in he world

But the Super Eagles’ two other World Cup group opponents, Croatia and Iceland moved up two places. Croatia stepped up to 15th, while debutant Iceland moved two places to 20th.

Super Eagles opponents in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifiers, Seychelles remained 192nd. Libya who top Group E dropped one spot to 89th and South Africa rose three places to 78th.

Meanwhile, the top 10 ranked countries in the world are Germany – number one, Brazil , Portugal, Argentina and Belgium in fifth position

In sixth is Spain, Poland are seventh, Switzerland occupy eight, France ninth and Chile are 10th.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 15 February 2018.

Nigeria, Iceland Drop In FIFA Rankings As Croatia Rise; Argentina Stable

The Super Eagles dropped one place from 50th to 51st position in the latest FIFA men’s world rankings released on Thursday on FIFA’s official website.

Following their drop in the rankings, the Eagles are now number nine in Africa.

The Eagles’ Group D 2018 FIFA World Cup opponents Argentina, Croatia and Iceland also did not move too much in the rankings.

Africa’s other representatives at next year’s World Cup Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco are 23rd, 27th, 31st and 40th respectively.

Argentina maintained their number four spot, Croatia moved up one spot to 17th while Iceland dropped to number 22.

Seychelles who will be hosting the Eagles on matchday two in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in October next year, were down three places to 192.

Group E leaders Libya did not do better as they dropped to 88 and South Africa remained 81st.

World champions Germany remain number one and are followed by Brazil. European champions Portugal are number three and Argentina are number four.

In number five are Belgium, Spain are sixth, Poland are seventh, Switzerland are eighth, France ninth and Chile 10th.

Despite Argentina Win, Super Eagles Drop Nine Places In Latest FIFA Rankings

Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped nine places from 41st to 50th in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.
The Super Eagles also dropped 50 points as they are now on 671 points from their previous 721 points.
The latest ranking, which was published on FIFA’s official website, places the Super Eagles in the eighth position in Africa behind Senegal who recorded their highest-ever position on the monthly ranking moving up nine steps to 23rd.
The Teranga Lions are now the top-ranked African nation, having leapfrogged Tunisia in 27th position (second in Africa) and Egypt who dropped one place to 31st. Congo DR are in fourth while Morocco,Burkina Faso and Cameroon all finished above Nigeria.
The Eagles’ drop comes after they drew 1-1 with Algeria in their final group game of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and defeated Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia.
Seychelles, who will host the Eagles on match day two in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next year, dropped one place from their 188th position last month to 189th.
Group E leaders, Bafana Bafana of South Africa, also dropped to 81st from their 74th position from last month. Libya, also in Group E, moved up 10 places from 87th to 77th in the ranking.
Meanwhile, in the top 10 ranked teams, Germany are number one, Brazil are number two, Portugal are in third position, Argentina remain in fourth and Belgium fifth.
Spain moved up to sixth position, Poland are now seventh. Switzerland moved into the top ten bracket and are now eight while France and Chile complete the top ten in ninth and 10th respectively.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 21 December 2017.