Nigeria Climb 3 Places to 41 in Latest FIFA Ranking
Nigeria has climbed three places from 44 to 41 in the latest FIFA rankings, released on Monday.
Following the Super Eagles’ victory over Zambia to become the first African country to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the positive ranking doesn’t come as a surprise. Last month though, Nigeria fell in the rankings, a decline that could be blamed on the Eagles not playing enough friendly matches.
But following a number of good performances in qualifiers, Nigeria has now registered positively on the monthly grading.
According to the grading, Nigeria amassed 721 points against 696 they got last month. The 41st ranking also sees them maintain their number 4 ranking in Africa behind Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the other Top 5 teams in Africa, only Egypt have booked a place in the World Cup.
In the general ranking, Germany maintained their Number 1 ranking with 1,631 points. Brazil are 2nd with 1,619 while Portugal are 3rd with 1446.
Other countries in the top 10 include Lionel Messi’s Argentina in 4th, Belgium in 5th, Poland 6th, France 7th, Spain 8th, Chile in 9th and Peru in 10th.
The rankings are released by FIFA every month to grade all the teams under its Federation. Nigeria’s highest ever ranking is 5th way back in April of 1994. Our lowest ever ranking was in 82 in November 1999.