Nigeria Drops in Latest FIFA Ranking

Super Eagles to play south american teams

Nigeria remained in the 44th position in the FIFA rankings released on Thursday but dropped to fourth in the African rankings from the third position they held in October.

Nigeria moved up four places in October after defeating Libya over two legs in Uyo and Sfax in their Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header on October 13 and 16.

But despite qualifying for the 2019 tournament with a game to spare, the Super Eagles failed to get a win in their 2019 AFCON qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg on November 17 – playing a 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana. The Bafana draw was followed by a goalless draw against Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on November 20.

The 2013 AFCON champions are currently on 1427 points – dropping three points from their October haul.

The Teranga Lions of Senegal returned to the top of the African rankings having displaced Tunisia. Both countries are ranked 23rd and 26th in the world respectively.

South Africa climbed a spot to the 72nd position from the 73rd they occupied last month while Libya also moved up one spot to 104 from the 105th they were last month. Seychelles dropped a spot from 188 to 189.

Morocco, who were 47th in the October rankings, are now 40th in the world after climbing seven places. They are now third on the continent. DR Congo (49), who dropped three places from their 46th position last month, are fourth in Africa.

Ghana (51), Cameroon (55), Egypt (56), Burkina Faso (61) and Ivory Coast (65) complete the top 10 teams in Africa.

The top of the rankings remain unchanged as Belgium sit at the summit in the rankings with 1727 points while world champions France are second with 1726 points. Brazil, Croatia and England remain third, fourth and fifth respectively.