Super Eagles End 2019 In 31st Position As Belgium Crowned FIFA Team Of The Year

The Super Eagles remain unmoved in 31st place in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday as the Terenga Lions of Senegal maintained their status as Africa’s best team.

Nigeria saw no improvement in its position in the last World Rankings of 2019 despite the Super Eagles registering two impressive victories against Benin (2-1) and away at Lesotho (4-2) in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in the only matches they played in November.

The lack of movement for the Super Eagles reflected the general state of the December rankings with all top ten teams in the world and Africa maintaining their positions.

Belgium were crowned FIFA’s Team of the Year for the second straight time after retaining top spot ahead of world champions France.

Belgium, who finished third in the World Cup in Russia last year, won all 10 of their competitive matches in 2019.

Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup, were the biggest movers in a year in which they won the AFC Asian Cup, moving 38 places to sit 55th after gaining 138 points.

Algeria (35th) were close behind moving up 32 spots while Japan (28th) climbed 22 places this year.

The next FIFA World Rankings will be released on 20 February 2020.

Africa Top 10

  1. Senegal (20)
  2. Tunisia (27)
  3. Nigeria (31)
  4. Algeria (35)
  5. Morocco (43)
  6. Ghana (47)
  7. Egypt (51)
  8. Cameroon (53)
  9. Mali (56)
  10. Congo DR (56)

World Top 10

  1. Belgium
  2. France
  3. Brazil
  4. England
  5. Uruguay
  6. Croatia
  7. Portugal
  8. Spain 
  9. Argentina
  10. Colombia