Nigeria Drops To 37th In FIFA Ranking

Nigeria Drops To 37th In FIFA Ranking

By Pius Godsday | Politics Reporter on September 19, 2014
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Super Eagles Team

Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles, has dropped four places to 37th in the latest FIFA world ranking released on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

The Eagles now rank sixth in Africa following their poor start to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers earlier this month.

Nigeria played a goalless draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Cape Town after losing 3-2 to Congo in Calabar.

Algeria now leads the African ranking followed by Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Ghana and Senegal.

Congo benefitted from their two victories last month by moving 30 places up to 48 while South Africa only moved up two places to 67th. Final Group A side Sudan dropped 18 places to 133 in the world.

In the world ranking, the champions Germany top the list followed by Argentina who won silver in the just concluded Brazil World Cup.

The Netherlands, who won bronze at the World Cup, dropped to 4th on the rankings as Colombia moved up to third position.

Spain fell to the 8th spot, with a surprisingly bad performance at the World Cup,  with France in 9th place as Switzerland occupy the tenth position.

In Africa, Ghana moved up three places to stay 33rd in the world and fourth in the continent with Senegal onto the 36th spot and fifth in the region.

Cameroon moved up twelve places to 42nd. Even at this leap, they are the eighth highest-ranked African side.

Cape Verde are the highest movers having jumped 33 places up to the 41st place in the world and seventh in Africa, while Congo who stunned Nigeria 3-2 in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers moved 30 steps up to emerge as the 48th best team in the world and 11th on the continent.

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